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    proportion - pronunciation

    proportion
    1. /prəˈpɔː.ʃən/

    2. /prəʊ pɔː.ʃən/

    Could you tell me which pronunciation is the correct one?

    For "pro", when to pronounce /prə/ and when /prəʊ/?

    Please advise me, thank you so much.

    Fleeting Christmas flew away, I don't even have the time to savour its relish.

    Happy New Year.

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    Re: proportion - pronunciation

    1. /prəˈpɔː.ʃən/
    2. /prəʊ pɔː.ʃən/ X


    Unstressed "pro" is normally /prə/, stressed /prəʊ/.
    'Pro' can also be pronounced /prɒ/ in many words.

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    Re: proportion - pronunciation

    Some speakers say [prəˈpɔː.ʃən], some speakers say [prəʊ pɔː.ʃən], some speakers say both.

    The second pronunciation ([prəʊ pɔː.ʃən]) involves a phonetic process called regressive assimilation. That's when a sound is assimilated in either manner or place to an oncoming sound. For example, the speaker in anticipating [p] in prəʊ pɔː.ʃən produces [əʊ], a vowel sound (between /u/ and /ə/) that shares articulation features with [p], namely a degree of rounding of the lips.

    There's another pronunciation, one involving inversion or a switch: [pərˈpɔː.ʃən].

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    Re: proportion - pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Some speakers say [prəˈpɔː.ʃən], some speakers say [prəʊ pɔː.ʃən], some speakers say both.

    The second pronunciation ([prəʊ pɔː.ʃən]) involves a phonetic process called regressive assimilation. That's when a sound is assimilated in either manner or place to an oncoming sound. For example, the speaker in anticipating [p] in prəʊ pɔː.ʃən produces [əʊ], a vowel sound (between /u/ and /ə/) that shares articulation features with [p], namely a degree of rounding of the lips.

    There's another pronunciation, one involving inversion or a switch: [pərˈpɔː.ʃən].
    too recondite to me, I didn't expect it's so abstruse.
    Thank you.

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    Re: proportion - pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    too recondite to me, I didn't expect it's so abstruse.
    I don't know what that means...

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    Re: proportion - pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    I don't know what that means...
    I meant it is too difficult for me to grasp, I think I had better stick to the simplified one.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: proportion - pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    too recondite to for me, I didn't expect it's to be so abstruse.
    Thank you.
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    Good words, appropriately used but a couple of attendant slips.

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