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    I want to know if the vowel in the word CAR a long one or a short one??

    I know that the transcription of the word car is /k a: r/ so is it short a or long a

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Long vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by koukouliko View Post
    I want to know if the vowel in the word CAR a long one or a short one??

    I know that the transcription of the word car is /k a: r/ so is it short a or long a

    Thank you
    Depending on accent, it is short to medium long.

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    Default Re: Long vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Depending on accent, it is short to medium long.

    HOW?? it should be long or short I've never heard about medium long!!
    How come it depends on accent its transcription is /k a: r/ .

    let's make it easier is the vowel transcribed in the dictionary as /a:/ long or short??

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Long vowels

    Quote Originally Posted by koukouliko View Post
    HOW?? it should be long or short I've never heard about medium long!!
    How come it depends on accent its transcription is /k a: r/ .

    Nor have I, and the /r/ is only sounded before a vowel sound (in RP).

    let's make it easier is the vowel transcribed in the dictionary as /a:/ long or short??

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    Long. That's what the colon's for. (I know not everyone - esp. for versions other than Br Eng - uses this transcription, but the dictionary in this does. Yes, do keep it simple: ":" => long

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Long. That's what the colon's for. (I know not everyone - esp. for versions other than Br Eng - uses this transcription, but the dictionary in this does. Yes, do keep it simple: ":" => long
    Thank you I liked your comment

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    Default Re: Long vowels

    The phonetic transcription shows it all.

    car /kɑːʳ/ US /kɑːr/ So I guess, it's long but not too long...

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