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    Exclamation Pronounciation of "the" ???

    Very strickly speaking, what could be the ABSOLUTELY RIGHT way of pronouncing "the".

    I'm aware of the rule that "the" is pronounced as "Di:" (with a stressed long "i:" vowel), & if it's NOT followed by a vowel then it's pronounced merely as "D@" with "schwa".

    Now, what I'm bit at sea about is when it's followed by a vowel, WHETHER the pronounciation of "i" vowel is longer stressed vowel, as in "si:t" (seat) or is it the shorter stressed vowel, as in pA:.ti (party) ???

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    Re: Pronounciation of "the" ???

    Hello JB

    Before a vowel, I would use a short vowel as in "party"; but when "the" is lengthened for emphasis, I would use a long vowel, e.g.

    1. It's the place to go.

    here, "the" sounds like "thee".

    MrP

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    Exclamation Re: Pronounciation of "the" ???

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello JB
    Before a vowel, I would use a short vowel as in "party"; but when "the" is lengthened for emphasis, I would use a long vowel, e.g.
    1. It's the place to go.
    here, "the" sounds like "thee".
    MrP
    Would you say, the rules would stop us using "thee" especially BEFORE "place", after all, "p" in place is a "consonant" & "thee" sound ONLY occurs before a "vowel".

    Well, at least, this is what an American dictionary www.dictionary.com says.

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    Re: Pronounciation of "the" ???

    Hello JB

    Normally, yes, you wouldn't use "thee" before a consonant. But when you stress the "the" for some particular purpose, you can pronounce it as "thee".

    MrP

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    Re: Pronounciation of "the" ???

    I agree with MrP- I would say 'thee' before a consonant for emphasis, though for that alone.


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    Re: Pronounciation of "the" ???

    I'm a native, if I may help.

    It doesn't really matter, nobody will say anything.

    I don't always notice what I use.

    Whatever is easier, the (thAh) is more common in my ears.


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    i fine that when a try to emphazise the sentese like "its THEE place to go!" i use thee instead of "thah"

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