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    how different are ear and eat?

    Hi

    I want to know the sound different of "i" from ear, eat.

    these are phonetic symbols.

    [ɪr] or [ər] (I think first one is okay but second one has a high pitch.)

    [i:t] (this one also has a high pitch)

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    Re: how different are ear and eat?

    Pitch is not really relevant.

    /i:t/ is a single vowel;
    /ɪər/, /ɪə/ in most BrE dialects, is a diphthong, a glide from /ɪ/ to /ə/.

    Note that the first sound in /ɪə(r)/ is the short /ɪ/, not the long /i:/

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    Re: how different are ear and eat?

    Eat is one long vowel followed by /t/
    Ear is two short vowels. (Most of us don't say the 'r'.)

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    Re: how different are ear and eat?

    Pre-r environment is a special beast: tense vowels become laxer. The natural pitch of /i/ vowel is higher than that of /ɪ/. In the word 'ear', you hear the latter vowel.

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