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I am confused about the pronunciation of word "where".
Is it supposed to be pronounced like "wear"?
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.
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
They are homophonous.
Were, where, wear and ware are almost pronounced identically
In British English;
1) They were playing football.
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.
I said ALMOST identicalWere has no vowel sound. It rhymes with brr, grr, sir, fur, and blur.