Re: Schwa sound in main verbs that also function as auxiliary verbs.
In normal conversation in BrE, I am is contracted to I'm. If it is not contacted, am is normally pronounced as /əm/ unless it is stressed; when stressed, it is /æm/.We do not hear /em/ in BrE.
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
That is not true of BrE. The normal pronunciation in conversation is /wə(r)/. We hear /wɜ:(r)/ only when the word is stressed.
2. The pronunciation of "were" (as in "her") is not a schwa. It is normal.
Once again, this is not true of BrE. Was is normally pronounced /wəz/ (The schwa is not a 'short e'). When stressed, it is pronounced /wɒz/, which does not rhyme with fuzz in BrE.
3. I don't often hear "was" pronounced with a short e sound. "Was" rhymes with "fuzz".
As I said before, schwa is not a ''short e'. It does in BrE when stressed. Otherwise it is /ə(r)/.
4. I don't often here "are" pronounced with a short e sound.
BE never has to be contracted or pronounced with a schwa, but it normally is in everyday conversation, unless it is stressed.
Originally Posted by The apprentice
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