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    pronunciation "stative" ?

    How to pronounce "stative" : like a "ei" sound (like in eight) or an "a" sound like in "bed" ?


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    Re: pronunciation "stative" ?

    Every dictionary I checked lists the a in stative as long a, as in ate; none listed short a as in apple. In spite of that, I have heard native speakers say it both ways. That doesn't make short a right; I'm just letting you know that you may hear native speakers say it that way on occasion.

    Greg

    P.S. There's no a sound in bed. I assume you mean the a in bad.

    P.P.S. It's incorrect to say "How to pronounce blah-blah-blah?" That's not a complete sentence; it's a noun phrase. You should say "How do you pronounce blah-blah-blah?"
    Last edited by dragn; 08-Oct-2009 at 09:18.

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    Re: pronunciation "stative" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    How to pronounce "stative" : like a "ei" sound (like in eight) or an "a" sound like in "bed" ?
    It's normally /steItIv/ as in: state, station, stationary, stationery.

    More rarely it's /staetIv/ as in: static, statue, statute, stature.

    Other words that can go either way are: status.

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