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    Default I've bought A pair of shoes

    Look at the following dialogue:

    - I've bought a pair of shoes.
    - Three pairs??!
    - No, a pair.

    How should a be pronounced? In it's full form? Like [ei] as in "say"? Or as in "cat"? Or is it better to say just "No, ONE pair of shoes!"
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    Default Re: I've bought A pair of shoes

    'One pair' is better. If you are going to use 'a', pronounce it /eɪ/.
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