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    Hi all teachers
    the IPA of the word bed in Cambridge dictionary is bed,but in other dictionary it is /bɛd/.
    I want to know what is the correct IPA of bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by light87 View Post
    Hi all teachers
    the IPA of the word bed in Cambridge dictionary is bed,but in other dictionary it is /bɛd/.
    I want to know what is the correct IPA of bed.
    Thank you
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    The correct IPA transcription of bed is /bɛd/. I don't know why they provide that transcription. As far as I know, there's no isolated 'e' in an IPA transcription (RP), unless we talk about a diphthong or a triphthong (not isolated any more).

    Edit: Here's a note from Wikipedia:

    While most dictionary publishers use /e/, the actual realisation is [ɛ~e̞].

    Received Pronunciation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    You can find a full list of the symbols used by Cambridge here: Help - Cambridge Dictionary Online

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    Hi all teacher ,i've read this

    • /e/ as in dress is also written /ɛ/.[38].


    But why there is two pronunciation .
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    Quote Originally Posted by light87 View Post
    Hi all teacher ,i've read this

    • /e/ as in dress is also written /ɛ/.[38].


    But why there is two pronunciation .
    Thank you
    These aren't two different pronunciations. It's just that some dictionaries use /e/ instead of /ɛ/ to denote the same sound.

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