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    Asks

    How to pronounce asks?

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    Re: Asks

    /ɑ:sks/

    It's not particularly easy to pronounce, and the /k/ may be quite lightly sounded. In what is considered by some to be 'uneducated' speech, the /k/ may be realised as /t/. Similarly, 'asked' may be realised as /ɑ:st/

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    /ɑ:sks/

    It's not particularly easy to pronounce, and the /k/ may be quite lightly sounded. In what is considered by some to be 'uneducated' speech, the /k/ may be realised as /t/. Similarly, 'asked' may be realised as /ɑ:st/
    Yes, and you will hear "ax" and "axed"(past) by AmE speakers.

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Yes, and you will hear "ax" and "axed"(past) by AmE speakers.
    I am far from being an expert on AmE, but I would suggest that these forms are not used by anybody with a claim to being educated.

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by bagzi94 View Post
    How to pronounce asks?

    ass [ęs]
    asks [ęs:]

    s: = geminated/lengthened s

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by raindoctor View Post
    ass [ęs]........asks [ęs:].......s: = geminated/lengthened s
    asks /ęs:/ is not heard in BrE, although /ɑ:s:/ is possible.

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am far from being an expert on AmE, but I would suggest that these forms are not used by anybody with a claim to being educated.
    True, and I can provide similar horror stories.

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am far from being an expert on AmE, but I would suggest that these forms are not used by anybody with a claim to being educated.
    Depends what you mean by 'educated'. Lindon Kwezi Johnson (sp?) does it, and he's British.

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    Re: Asks

    /ęsks/ for the accents unaffected by the trap-bath split, including, perhaps most notably, General American.

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    Re: Asks

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Depends what you mean by 'educated'. Lindon Kwezi Johnson (sp?) does it, and he's British.

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    It's used in some variants.

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