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    Question how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    Is it read as /mɪstrɪsɪs/?
    Or /mɪstrɪs/?

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    /mɪstrɪsɪz/, /mɪstrɪsəz/, /mɪstrəsɪz/or /mɪstrəsəz/

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    /mɪstrɪsɪz/, /mɪstrɪsəz/, /mɪstrəsɪz/or /mɪstrəsəz/
    Thank you! There are so many!

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    Thank you! There are so many!
    They are all quite similar.

    As far as your original question is concerned, mistress's has three syllables, not two.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    But I think you can also pronounce it with two syllables, the genitive being assimilated into the final /s/. Shakespeare did so for instance.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    But I think you can also pronounce it with two syllables, the genitive being assimilated into the final /s/. Shakespeare did so for instance.
    The final vowel may be short, but don't you think there is a very clear difference in pronunciation, in modern English, between my mistress's books and, if we were to say it, my mistress books.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    Those are spellings. I am saying you can pronounce them alike.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Those are spellings. I am saying you can pronounce them alike.
    My question was about pronunciation, not spelling.

    Still, you answered it. It seems that your pronunciation of this word is different from mine. I would not claim that I would pronounce three clear syllables in mistress's, but my mistress's is very different from mistress

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "mistress's"?

    I agree that pronunciation is the most common; I am just saying the other is extant.

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