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    I am confused about the pronunciation of word "where".

    Is it supposed to be pronounced like "wear"?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by anamicabhatta View Post
    I am confused about the pronunciation of word "where".

    Is it supposed to be pronounced like "wear"?

    Thank you
    Basically, yes, but in "where" if you can put something like almost taking a short, quick breath between the "w" and "h" there is a difference.

    I am not a teacher. (but should be)

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    Quote Originally Posted by anamicabhatta View Post
    I am confused about the pronunciation of word "where".

    Is it supposed to be pronounced like "wear"?

    Thank you
    In American English, yes.

    Until around the middle of the twentieth century, w and wh were pronounced differently here. To make a wh sound, you blew air out of your mouth as you formed the w.

    Today, it's only still used in one word, whew, which is pronounced the old way, by blowing.

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    I would say yes!
    In British English too. If you just say "wear" the pronounciation is very similar if not the same!

    "Wear" were you born?

    works for me

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    They are homophonous.

    Were, where, wear and ware are almost pronounced identically

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    In British English;

    1) They were playing football.
    and
    2) Where is tom?

    are pronounced differently.
    I dont know how to write phonetically here and am a bit rusty anyway.

    but in the first the vowel sound is short. The shwa.
    Whereas the second is longer. A dipthong I think.

    Perhaps Im wrong though. So please correct me if I am

    If anyone else can comment here, please do.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    They are homophonous.

    Were, where, wear and ware are almost pronounced identically
    Well...

    Where and wear have a long a. They rhyme with air, hair, there, and care.

    Were has no vowel sound. It rhymes with brr, grr, sir, fur, and blur.

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    Were has no vowel sound. It rhymes with brr, grr, sir, fur, and blur.

    I said ALMOST identical

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
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    Were has no vowel sound. It rhymes with brr, grr, sir, fur, and blur.
    In American English, maybe. In Br Eng there is distinction between "brr" [='Isn't it cold?'] and "burr" [the little green spiky thing that sticks to your trouser legs when you walk through undergrowth; also, the trace of an accent 'He's almost lost his accent, but he still has a Scottish burr'.] "Burr" has a /ɜ:/ vowel; it's not a schwa. So does 'were', though in an unstressed position it can become /ə/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    I said ALMOST identical
    Yes, almost in the sense that two of them sound alike, so all but one do. One is pronounced differently. Let's not confuse our students - at least, not unintentionally!

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