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    Default /r/ in "forever" and "wherever"

    Hi,

    When pronouncing the words, "forever" and "wherever," does the /r/ sound "link" with /e/ to form a /re/ sound? The IPA shows that "forever" should be read as / fərˈevə(r)/, with /r/ and /e/ separated by a /'/ symbol, instead of / fə'revə(r)/, is there any special implication?

    In fact, I sometimes seem to hear native speakers saying "forever" or "wherever" without the /r/ sound. But because it's in conversational speech, and I am not a native speaker of English, I am not sure if I am right.

    Therefore, I have recorded some sound files. In sound files "forever1.mp3" and "wherever1.mp3", I said the /r/ sound, but in "forever2.mp3" and "wherever2.mp3," I tried to omit it. Which ones are more natural to you?

    forever1.mp3
    forever2.mp3
    wherever1.mp3
    wherever2.mp3

    Thank you very much!
    Last edited by thincat; 24-Jan-2013 at 18:03.

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