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    Correct way to pronounce "our"

    Hi can you please tell me the correct way to pronounce "our" is it the same as "hour" or "are"

    Many thanks

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    Re: Correct way to pronounce "our"

    yeah,the word "our" is pronounced the same as "hour" because "h" in "hour" isn't pronounced,so they are pronounced the same!

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    Re: Correct way to pronounce "our"

    However, in connected speech, the unstressed form would sound very simialr to 'are'. Both pronunciations are used- the "hour" pronunciation would be used to stress the word, and the "are" pronunciation when it's less important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glen9146
    Hi can you please tell me the correct way to pronounce "our" is it the same as "hour" or "are"
    Many thanks
    As far as the "are" is stressed, it's pronounced BOTH similar to "hour" & "are". Both are perfectly alright, depending on your own regional accent.

    I myself prefer the rather posh way of pronouncing it as similar to "are".


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    Re: Correct way to pronounce "our"

    Bear in mind that "are" usually has two pronunciations, a strong one and a weak one (i.e. when it is not stressed and does not receive particular emphasis). "Our" is sometimes pronounced as the stressed version of "are" (/A:/ or /A:r/) but not as the weak version (/@/ or /@'/). The more careful pronunciation remains like "hour" (/aU@/ or /aU@'/).

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