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    Default pronunciation 'the idea of'

    Hello. My "today" question is whether I may pronounce a kind of an 'r' between 'the idea' and 'of' in the phrase 'the idea of'. May I?
    edit: a--->an
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    Default Re: pronunciation 'the idea of'

    A kind of 'r'? I do not understand what you mean. There is no 'r' in this phrase.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Default Re: pronunciation 'the idea of'

    Why, sometimes you hear (an) 'r' when pronouncing the phrase. ((The)Native speaker's tells (were) not fully told...)

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    Default Re: pronunciation 'the idea of'

    Quote Originally Posted by bureaucracy View Post
    Hello. My "today" question is whether I may pronounce a kind of a 'r' between 'the idea' and 'of' in the phrase 'the idea of'. May I?
    You will hear that pronunciation in some regions, particularly the Boston area. If you ever heard a tape of John Kennedy pronouncing Cuba, you would hear "Cuber". I would not use that pronunciation if you can avoid it.

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    Default Re: pronunciation 'the idea of'

    Okay, thanks.

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    Default Re: pronunciation 'the idea of'

    In BrE, you will frequently hear what sounds like an "r" in connected words such as "idea of". It comes out sounding like "eye dear-ov". I would not recommend doing it on purpose. It occurs in some variants of English but people who consider that they speak "properly" will be very careful to end the word "idea" and then leave a very slight pause before starting "of", without making that invisible "r" sound in between.

    The same goes for things like "I have no idea about that". It will sounds like "I have no eye dear-about that".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: pronunciation 'the idea of'

    1. My dear father works here.
    2. My father is here all day.
    3. The idea/r/ of ...


    Most speakers of Southern British English, and other non-rhotic varieties of English,, do not have a /r/ sound in such words as appear in #1.
    When the letter r is followed closely by a vowel, as in #2, we do pronounce the /r/ sound (the linking r).
    When the vowels /ə/, /ɑ:/ or /ɔ:/ are followed by a vowel sound, many speakers of non-rhotic varieties often introduce an intrusive /r/, as in #3.
    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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