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    Thumbs down The and The What is the real different

    Good afternoon, people!

    Please, what is the better way to teaching the different of the pronunciation
    of "the".

    Thanks!!!

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    Quote Originally Posted by EducadorZero View Post
    Good afternoon, people!

    Please, what is the better way to teach the difference of the pronunciation
    of "the".

    Thanks!!!
    What do you mean by "the difference of the pronunciation"?

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    stressed thee; unstressed before a consonant thuh; unstressed before a vowel thee

    Thuh book.

    Thee apple.

    Let's go to thuh club vs. This is thee club to be seen at.

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    Thank you for your correction.
    About my question... well, I know that I should say "thu", when word "the" is before consonat sound, and say "thee", when word "the" is bofore vowel sound. Then I think that the most important is the letter's pronunciation.
    So, please, look at these Exemple: 1) the umbrella 2) the ink 3) the hour 4) the apple 5) the end 6) the above-mentioned document. Are all these exemple pronunced as "thee"? I think so! because however some of these exemple are wrote with consonant, their sound are vowel.
    Now, please, look at these exemple: 1) The fire 2) The power of love 3)The United State of America. Are all these exemple pronunced as "thu"? I think so! because all these exemple are wrote with consonant and their sound are consonant too.

    Am I right?

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What do you mean by "the difference of the pronunciation"?
    Thank you for your correction.
    About my question... well, I know that I should say "thu", when word "the" is before CONSONANT sound, and say "thee", when word "the" is bofore VOWEL sound. Then I think that the most important is the letter's pronunciation.
    So, please, look at these Exemple: 1) the umbrella 2) the ink 3) the hour 4) the apple 5) the end 6) the above-mentioned document. Are all these exemple pronunced as "thee"? I think so! because however some of these exemple are wrote with consonant, their sound are vowel.
    Now, please, look at these exemple: 1) The fire 2) The power of love 3)The United State of America. Are all these exemple pronunced as "thu"? I think so! because all these exemple are wrote with consonant and their sound are consonant too.
    Last edited by EducadorZero; 07-Jan-2011 at 15:15.

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    Your examples are correct, but I think you stated the rule wrong.

    Keep in mind that the "thee" pronunciation can be used for emphasis before any word.

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    And note that some native speakers from parts of southern Africa use "thuh" (/ə/) even before vowels.
    Last edited by 5jj; 06-Jan-2011 at 01:27. Reason: missing slash added

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    Ok, people! Thank you for your help

    It was great heapful for me.

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    Hey, people! I correted my litle mistake in that last example that I had done.
    Thanks again!
    I feel that soon I'll get my improvement

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    Re: The and The What is the real different

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    And note that some native speakers from parts of southern Africa use "thuh" (/ə/) even before vowels.
    And among younger people in North America, say those under 35, there is a trend to use "thuh" before vowels. It grates on my ear, but as usual when language evolves it is useless to grumble.
    Last edited by probus; 08-Jan-2011 at 06:22.

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