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    #1

    fracas

    Don't our British friends pronounce the sound s at the end of the word fracas, please?






    fracas /freks,fr/ n. -cases a noisy fight, (syn.) commotion: Two men started a fracas in a barroom.
    Heinle's Newbury House Dictionary of American English


    fra·cas
    noun \ˈfrā-kəs, ˈfra-, British ˈfra-ˌkä\ : a noisy argument or fight
    Fracas - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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    Re: fracas

    No, we don't. We pronounce it as it is pronounced in the original French. It sounds like "frack-ah" or "fra-cah".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Jan-2014 at 18:14.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: fracas

    The two British dictionaries had already told you this.

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    Re: fracas

    I had no idea! I admit, if I heard someone say "a frack-aw" I would be puzzled. Now I know!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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