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    How to pronounce "either"

    How is "ei" in either pronounced in American English?

    I've heard two alternatives: Like "I" or like the beginning of "eagle"

    Is there a difference between American English and British English?


    Thanks!

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    Re: How to pronounce "either"

    It's not a national difference- you'll hear both used in the UK- it depends on region and preference.


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    Re: How to pronounce "either"

    Thank you!


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    Re: How to pronounce "either"

    According to some polls (the one on Longman Pronunciation Dictionary for example) the pronunciation /aID@/ is slightly favoured in the UK and the pronunciation /iD@r/ is slightly favoured in the US. I'm using IPA ASCII symbols here.

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    Re: How to pronounce "either"

    Rogusx, they don't seem to be displaying on my machine. I've used http://users.otenet.gr/~petermac/call/pron/type.html and it has worked.
    /ʧʤaʊəʊɔɪʊəɪəu:ʊɜ:ʌθ/
    It uses unicode, so I'm just testing as I have a new machine.


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    Re: How to pronounce "either"

    Thank you very much for that link. What I was using were not the actual IPA symbols but an adaptation of regular letters used by some people on the internet an e-mail. An explanation of this system can be found here:
    http://www.scaredofthat.com/dictiond...Dipaequiv.html
    Of course, it's preferable to use the actual IPA symbols, so using those, the LPD shows the pronunciation /'aɪə/ to be slightly more frequent in RP, with /'i:ə/ (with the r-coloured schwa) more frequent in GA. Thanks again for the useful link.

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    Re: How to pronounce "either"

    You're welcome- it is a handy utility.

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