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    Default Re: Pronunciation of were (where)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If you cannot accept the facts, then carry on in your fancies. They harm nobody - except the odd student who might start worrying about a non-existent problem.
    Speaking of students, I think that most teachers would point out the difference between the full wh pronunciation and the w pronunciation.
    The teacher can certainly also point out that many or most native speakers don't make the effort to produce the full wh sound and instead say something very close to or even exactly the same as the w pronunciation.
    I should have added this yesterday and avoided dragging this out another day.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of were (where)

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Speaking of students, I think that most teachers would point out the difference between the full wh pronunciation and the w pronunciation.
    The teacher can certainly also point out that many or most native speakers don't make the effort to produce the full wh sound and instead say something very close to or even exactly the same as the w pronunciation.

    I should have added this yesterday and avoided dragging this out another day.
    Or not added it, and avoided dragging this out another day.

    I suspect that most teachers would not point out out a minority dialect difference.

    And it is not a question of not making the effort, (just as there is no question of Americans not making the effort to pronounce the /h/ in herb, or English speakers not making the effort to pronounce the /r/ in that word). In most parts of the world the standard pronunciation of wh is/w/, (just as the standard AmE pronunciation of herb has no /h/ and the standard Br E pronunciation of that word has no /r/).

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