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Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?
When I listen to some dictionaries, they suggests that the word "actuarial" should have 5 syllables.
However, when I studied in the UK, there were 4 syllables only when my lecturers spoke the word "actuarial".
There is another word with the same problem "actuary".
The word "actuary" should have 4 syllables.
But, often, when my lecturers (UK) speak "actuary", there are 3 syllables only.
Someone suggests that UK people often "swallow" some syllables in a long word.
Someone also suggests that:
A BE dictionary, Oxford Advanced Learner's, suggests four:
The final one is a dipthong.
An AE dictionary, Random House Unabridged, suggests five:
I guess you have to decide which English you want to speak.
Where in China are you?
I am British and I would give "actuarial" 5 syllables.