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    pronunciation of "What"

    Which is the correct pronunciation of "What"?
    [hwʌt] or [wʌt]

    Are they both OK?

    Thank you very much for your help!
    Last edited by windwaker3333; 17-Jan-2010 at 18:58.


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    Re: pronunciation of "What"

    (Not a teacher)

    Standard English is simply /w/, however /hw/ (personally, I write /ʍ/) is also correct for words that begin with 'wh' in spelling.

    The vowel you used is incorrect. /ɒ/ is the vowel sound in 'what' in Standard British English, /ʌ/ is the vowel sound in 'what' in Standard American English.

    So:

    /wɒt/
    /wʌt/
    /hwɒt/
    /hwʌt/

    Are all correct, and standard. Expect to hear the final /t/ realised as a glottal stop /ʔ/ in most accents when spoken in connected speech.


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    Re: pronunciation of "What"

    I got it . Thank you very much.

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