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    Default How to pronounce accelerator?

    In a reading comprehension test, I heard accelerator as [ɪk|seləreɪtə(r)] not [ək|seləreɪtə(r)]
    I mean ac(ək) was pronounced as [ik], Is it common in American English?
    or did I mishear the schwa sound?

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    Default Re: How to pronounce accelerator?

    /ɪ/ and /ə/ are very similar and often interchangeable in AmE. In fact the "correct" transcription should be "-ɪk."

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    Default Re: How to pronounce accelerator?

    Are you sure? you hear // like CAT vowel, even though it (ac) is not stressed.

    syllable division: ac-CEL-e-RA-tor

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    Default Re: How to pronounce accelerator?

    // is possible and so are /ɪ/, /ə/ and perhaps even /ɛ/. So say the dictionaries I have access to.

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