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    Default Gives you and stressed syllable


    Words in n isolation: Give/gɪv/ You/juː/

    In connected speech: Gives you/ gɪvʒ 'juː/occurs at (2:57) = Is this transcription correct?

    Give you/gɪv 'juː/ occurs at (2:40) = Does the stressed syllable go to the second syllable?
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    Default Re: Gives you and stressed syllable

    It sounds correct to my BrE ears- it's not the only form you hear, but you do hear it.

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    Default Re: Gives you and stressed syllable

    Sounded perfectly normal to me too. I would say that it's actually quite rare to hear "gives ... you" where the "s" sounds like a "z". It's the transition from the "v" to the "s" that makes us lazy about it, I think. You can make the low-sounding "zsh" (or like the French "j") sound with your front teeth still on your bottom lip where they have been to make the "v" sound. It's more difficult to jump from a full "v" to the "z" sound at the end of "gives", so we run them together and we get "giv-jou" (French "j" sound).
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