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    Default this and these

    Hello.

    My question is: Is there any difference between their pronunciation?
    I pronounce them equally.

    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: this and these

    I don't know how to write down phonetics, but I certainly pronounce the two words completely differently.
    The "i" in "this" is pronounced as it is in "fish", and the word itself is spoken as a short, whole, entity. I pronounce "these" as "theeze", with the "ee" bit extended.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: this and these

    this - /ɪs/
    these - /i:z/

    Nearly all of the dictionaries here, OneLook: General dictionary sites, could have told you this. What made you think there might be no difference between the pronunciations of these two words?
    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: this and these

    A lot of Russian speaking people pronounce them the same way because in Russian there is only one kind of "i" sound.
    I am not a teacher.

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