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    Default Pronounciation of words that begin with "pre"

    Hi there!

    I have got a problem pronouncing the words that beign with the suffix "pre".

    The problem is, there are two ways to pronounce "pre" and I dont know when to pronounce "pre"

    as in "previous"
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    as in "precious"


    Is is possible to learn some kind of rule to know how to pronounce the suffix "pre" in newely encountered words? Can it be seen by looking at consonants or vovels?

    I know that words which start with " pre- " are all pronounced as "previous".


    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Default Re: Pronounciation of words that begin with "pre"

    Apart from knowing that 'pre' is pronounced /pri:/ when it means 'before', there is no rule as such.

    When it does not mean 'before, it is usually pronounced, in BrE, /pri/, /prɪ/ or /prə/ before a consonant; if it is stressed, then it usually pronounced /pre/

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    Default Re: Pronounciation of words that begin with "pre"

    Quote Originally Posted by noofin View Post
    I have got a problem pronouncing the words that beign with the suffix "pre".

    The problem is, there are two ways to pronounce "pre" and I dont know when to pronounce "pre"

    as in "previous"
    or
    as in "precious"
    "Pre-" is not a suffix. It's a prefix. Also, this prefix isn't present in the word "precious". "Pre" in "precious" has never been a prefix. It's an old Indo-European root. This may well be one of the reasons for its different pronunciation.

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    Default Re: Pronounciation of words that begin with "pre"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    "Pre-" is not a suffix. It's a prefix.
    Ooops; I missed that.

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    Default Re: Pronounciation of words that begin with "pre"

    Thanks peeps!

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