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    Default "been" pronunciation in British/Australian/New Zealand English

    Dear all,

    Which one is the correct pronunciation of "been" ?

    biːn or bɪn


    for British Speaker and or Australia /New Zealand

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    Default Re: "been" pronunciation in British/Australian/New Zealand English

    In BrE, we use both- it depends on whether the word's stressed or unstressed.

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    Default Re: "been" pronunciation in British/Australian/New Zealand English

    So,

    Which one is used/pronounced for stressing ?

    Which one is used/pronounced for non stressing ?

    Do people living in Scotland, Midland ,and Ireland say / pronounce "been" the same way people from Southern England (RP ) do ?

    Many thanks and have a nice weekend
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    Default Re: "been" pronunciation in British/Australian/New Zealand English

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    So,

    Which one is used/pronounced for stressing ?

    Which one is used/pronounced for non stressing ?
    It's not a binary choice. The vowel length depends on a lot of things; the surrounding phonological environment, its meaning in the sentence, the speaker's prosody, etc.
    Why not listen to some YouTube videos or switch on the TV or radio and find an English channel. This will give you a better idea of the range of pronunciations. There's no rules.

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