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    Default Rules for "a" and "the"

    When and why do we say "a" differently and "the" differently? (long a or short u sound for "a" and the with long e sound and the with short u sound)

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    Default Re: Rules for "a" and "the"

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    When and why do we say "a" differently and "the" differently? (long a or short u sound for "a" and the with long e sound and the with short u sound)
    THE: Before a vowel sound, THE is usually pronounced /і/ but /ə/ before a

    consonant sound. In very fast speech, native speakers sometimes use /ə/ regardless of

    a following vowel sound.

    A:A is usually pronounced // but can be pronounced /ey/ when intentionally

    stressed. In a sentence, A is often linked to the preceding sound and becomes an

    unstressed /ə/.

    AN: AN is pronounced /n/ and links to the following vowel sound. AN can be

    pronounced /ən/ if also linked to a preceding sound.


    Sorry, I pasted this from my own notes, so the font & spacing is funky. Hope it helps though
    Fiona

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