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    bieasy is offline Senior Member
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    Cool How do you pronounce "engine"?

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    Does the word engine sound like engaine or engiine ? Does it depend on the region? Dictionaries say engiine, but I think I've overheard once or twice engaine too.

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    Re: How do you pronounce "engine"?

    We pronounce with the short i sound /w/ (IPA symbol). Since the 2nd syllable is not stressed, it could also be reduced to a schwa sound /c/.

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    Re: How do you pronounce "engine"?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Does the word engine sound like engaine or engiine ? Does it depend on the region? Dictionaries say engiine, but I think I've overheard once or twice engaine too.
    Additionally, short ɪ (as in bin) varies phonetically with short ɛ (as in Ben) and schwa ə (as in bun), which is why you will indeed hear three pronunciatons of engine:

    1. eng[ɪ]n <your -iin>
    2. eng[ɛ]n <your -ain>
    3. eng[ə]n
    Last edited by Casiopea; 01-Jul-2007 at 06:14.

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