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    Default How do you know whether it is a long vowel or short one?

    When I read a sentence, how can you know if a vowel is the a long vowel or short one in a word?
    Suppose we don't look up a dictionary?

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    Default Re: How do you know whether it is a long vowel or short one?

    There are rules - that are almost reliable in distinguishing say 'mitt' from 'mite' (and 'might'). But the only way to distinguish say 'treason' (with /i:/) from 'treachery' (with /e/) is to use a dictionary (or be exposed to a lifetime's native-user input). And distinguishing between the 'long' vowels in 'daughter' and 'laughter' is something that can't be predicted anyway.

    Is there any reason for choosing not to use a dictionary?

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    Default Re: How do you know whether it is a long vowel or short one?

    Well, sometimes I don't know how to read the name such as "vicar". The name can not be found in the dictionary.
    I believe that there is a rule.

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    Default Re: How do you know whether it is a long vowel or short one?

    The word 'vicar' appears in most dictionaries.

    Most dictionaries do not list names, though many can be found in the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary and the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary.
    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 know whether it is a long vowel or short one?

    Quote Originally Posted by ardmore View Post
    Well, sometimes I don't know how to read the name such as "vicar". The name can not be found in the dictionary.
    I believe that there is a rule.
    Good for you! vicar - /vɪkǝ/ ; mica - /maɪkǝ/ ; chic - /ʃi:k/. There are patterns, but rules...?

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