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    Default How do you pronounce the word "Diamond" in English?

    Hi All,

    I am curious to know that sometimes I hear native speakers say "Diamond" without the sound of "a", like "Dimond", especially in the songs, I always can't hear the sound of "a", please advise. Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce the word "Diamond" in English?

    In connected speech, this may well happen- the sound may either be very small or actually lost.

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce the word "Diamond" in English?

    Here are some examples you can listen to diamond - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online.

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce the word "Diamond" in English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Here are some examples you can listen to diamond - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online.
    The single-word pronunciations are very clear, and have three syllables. The example of the word in the sentence is more natural. The second syllable is much less evident.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: How do you pronounce the word "Diamond" in English?

    And the final /d/ may also shrink or vanish.

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    Default Re: How do you pronounce the word "Diamond" in English?

    The 'a' can be lost in 'diary' too, and perhaps other two-syllable words where the stress is on the first syllable.
    On the other hand, the 'a' is rarely lost when the stress is elsewhere, as in 'diapositive, diarrhea' etc.

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