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    The pronunciation for "simply" ?

    Today the first time I have heard a person pronouncing the "ly" in the word "simply" as "lie" not "li". That person is my teacher. So I don't know how to do with it, I have usually read it as "li" before.
    Could you please tell me the correct pronunciation ?
    Or we can use the both ways ?
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    Re: The pronunciation for "simply" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Today the first time I have heard a person pronouncing the "ly" in the word "simply" as "lie" not "li". That person is my teacher. So I don't know how to do with it, I have usually read it as "li" before.
    Could you please tell me the correct pronunciation ? That 'ly' ends with a long e sound; it rhymes with 'be.'
    Or can we say it both ways ? no

    But the words 'imply' and 'reply', as well as others, end with a long i sound. (rhyme with 'try')
    Thank you so much !
    2006

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    Re: The pronunciation for "simply" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    That 'ly' ends with a long e sound; it rhymes with 'be.'
    Sorry, but it doesn't exactly rhyme with 'be'. The vowel quality is that of 'be', but the sound itself, /i/, is shorter than the /i:/ in 'be'.

    For some speakers, the sound can be similar to a short /I/ , as in 'hit'

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    Re: The pronunciation for "simply" ?

    We surely know how to read "ly" in "friendly", and what I meant is "simply" rhymes with "friendly" at the "ly" not with "rely" at the "ly" ! But my teacher has read it the second way. It's so weird to me ! Of course that's my current teacher, I remember my former teachers read it the first way.
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    Re: The pronunciation for "simply" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Sorry, but it doesn't exactly rhyme with 'be'. I disagree. The vowel quality is that of 'be', but the sound itself, /i/, is shorter than the /i:/ in 'be'.
    'vowel quality' would seem to indicate the sound. And I think that rhyming has more to do with sound than duration. Aside from that, in 'It can simply be a.....', the sound and duration of both are the same.

    For some speakers, the sound can be similar to a short /I/ , as in 'hit'
    What I say describes the dominant North American pronunciation. I don't know about the British pronunciation, or that of other speakers.

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    Re: The pronunciation for "simply" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    We surely know how to read "ly" in "friendly", and what I meant is "simply" rhymes with "friendly" at the "ly" not with "rely" at the "ly" ! But my teacher has read it the second way. It's so weird to me ! Of course that's my current teacher, I remember my former teachers read it the first way.Perhaps you will find a diplomatic way of mentioning that to your current teacher.
    Thank you so much !
    2006

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