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    suffix "less" or prefix "re"

    When do we pronounce suffix "less" (les/lis) or prefix "re" (re/ri)?

    ex. "stainless" I like to say (steinlis)
    "careless" I like to say (keirles)

    is there any rule?

    Thanks.............
    Last edited by areev; 29-Apr-2010 at 05:01.

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    Re: suffix "less" or prefix "re"

    Quote Originally Posted by areev View Post
    When do we pronounce suffix "less" (les/lis) or prefix "re" (re/ri)?

    ex. "stainless" I like to say (steinlis)
    "careless" I like to say (keirles)

    is there any rule?

    Thanks.............
    (Not a teacher)
    To me, stainless is pronounced as -les, and so is careless, while re is ri:.

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    Re: suffix "less" or prefix "re"

    For me ‘less’ is always /ləs/.
    ‘Re’ is always /ri:/ or /ri/, depending on whether /ri/ is stressed, as in ‘re-read’, or not, as in ‘redeem, research’, etc.

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