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    Default Is the contraction "there're" acceptable?

    Is the contraction "there're" acceptable? If yes, how many syllables are there in the contraction there're?

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    Default Re: Is the contraction "there're" acceptable?

    Only as transcribing a spoken form. Technically there are two syllables.

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    Default Re: Is the contraction "there're" acceptable?

    Does it rhyme with "error"?

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    Default Re: Is the contraction "there're" acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Does it rhyme with "error"?
    It sure does.

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    Default Re: Is the contraction "there're" acceptable?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    It sure does.
    Of course, it depends on your accent. In Br English the first syllable is a
    diphthong: there're => /ɛərə/, error => /erə/.

    In fact, there's a clothes-drying frame called an "airer"; in Br Eng this does not have the same sound as "error". I know Am English rhymes 'error' with 'era' (except for the final R in rhotic speech); but does it really rhyme with "airer" as well?

    (More generally, this is a problem - especially in a multi-lingual forum like this - with all 'rhymes with' questions and answers - which is why I prefer to use the IPA.)

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