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were /wɜr; unstressed wər; Brit. also wɛər/
where /ʰwɛər, wɛər/
In other words, can "were" be pronounced like "where"? not as far as I'm concerned
The "w" and the "wh" have different pronunciations, and the "ere" pronunciations are different in the two words.
"were" rhymes with 'fur' and 'stir'.
"where" rhymes with 'there' and 'fair'.
"where" is often pronounced the same as 'wear', but that is a lazy nonstandard pronunciation.