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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    mail, male, female

    Hi there,

    These words 'mail' and 'male' share the same sound: [ei], but people usually say it with an [e] sound. Why?
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    pete

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: mail, male, female

    Sounds often change for ease and convenience in connected speech; it flows better.

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    Re: mail, male, female

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    These words 'mail' and 'male' share the same sound: [ei], but people usually say it with an [e] sound. Why?
    Thanks
    pete
    The difference you are hearing might be because people may have different accents. Some people use the diphthong [ei], especially in British English RP (standard pronunciation). However the diphthong is not necessary to be understood. The [e] sound could be pronounced similar to the final é as the French pronounce it in the word "café".

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