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    Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    Thank you for reading my post.

    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".

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    Re: Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    Quote Originally Posted by clarkson View Post
    Thank you for reading my post.

    Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables? 5... ac tu a ri al


    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".
    What were the four syllables?


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    Re: Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    What were the four syllables?
    The four syllables is
    ac•tu•ar•ial




    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:

    ac•tu•ar•ial

    The final one is a dipthong.

    An AE dictionary, Random House Unabridged, suggests five:

    ac⋅tu⋅ar⋅i⋅al  [ak-choo-air-ee-uhl]

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    Re: Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    I guess you have to decide which English you want to speak.

    Where in China are you?

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    #5

    Re: Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    I am British and I would give "actuarial" 5 syllables.


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    Re: Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I guess you have to decide which English you want to speak.

    Where in China are you?
    I am in UK now.


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    Re: Does the word "actuarial" have 3, 4 or 5 syllables?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I am British and I would give "actuarial" 5 syllables.
    How about the word "actuary"?

    Will you give it 3 or 4 syllables?

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