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    I'd like to know whether vase can still be pronounced[va:z] and garage pronounced [ra:j] in England, America, Australia , NZ or in Canada.If it is the case, who use those forms? ( class, age..)
    Last time I heard garage be pronounced like it was by Mr NEUTRON in an old Montypython's flying circus.
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    This is the normal way of pronouncing vase - and the correct way of pronouncing garage. Whether it is pronounced correctly will depend on social class, education and regionality.

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    Thank you Anglika,
    I was not thinking in terms of correctness. I know these two forms are received. However, many a time I overheard people saying [vi:z] and [garidj] which are correct forms as well. You mentioned social or regional backgrounds. I intuit they are paramount elements . I just need more details (e.g.; is [garidj] more Am English?....]

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    thank very much indeed

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    'I just need more details (e.g.; is [garidj] more Am English?....]': no; my father, for example used it (well-educated Northerner). Since the BBC started accepting non-RP speech in its announcers and presenters, it's become more widely accepted - to the extent that in some circles (in speakers up to the ages of 30 or 40) it's regarded as pretentious; that doesn't stop me though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ...(in speakers up to the ages of 30 or 40) it's regarded as pretentious; that doesn't stop me though.
    I feel the same way about [va:z]. But [garidj], well, it's the opposite on the northern side of the pond.

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    I leave the vase in the garage and move to the word Forehead [id] or[ed].
    I was friendly laughted at in England whenever I pronounced [forid]. Your opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHOMAT View Post
    I leave the vase in the garage and move to the word Forehead [id] or[ed].
    I was friendly laughted at in England whenever I pronounced [forid]. Your opinion?
    In AmE, it would be pronounced "FOR-hed."

    In my area of the US, we pronounce it "gur-AHJ" and "vace" (rhymes with race or face).

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    forehead- "For-(h)ed" would be normal here too. I am sorry people laughed at your "forid" - it is a pronunciation that is heard. Ignore them.

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