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    Pronunciation of 'is' inside a sentence.

    Hi,

    How is 'is' pronounced inside a sentence?

    For example:

    1.selfpreɪz ɪz/z nəʊrekəmendeɪʃn̩ (I think /ɪz/ because it is preceded by a consonant.)
    2.hi ɪz/z ʌneɪbl (I think /z/ because it is preceded by a vowel.)

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    Re: Pronunciation of 'is' inside a sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by HifaMo View Post
    1.selfpreɪz ɪz/z nəʊrekəmendeɪʃn̩ (I think /ɪz/ because it is preceded by a consonant.)
    Yes

    2.hi ɪz/z ʌneɪbl (I think /z/ because it is preceded by a vowel.)
    /z/ is more likely in informal conversation, /ɪz/ in more formal speech.
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    Re: Pronunciation of 'is' inside a sentence.

    2.hi ɪz/z ʌneɪbl (I think /z/ because it is preceded by a vowel.)
    /z/ is more likely in informal conversation, /ɪz/ in more formal speech.

    And this collocation seems to me much more likely to be used in formal situations. I don't think I've ever said 'He is unable'. 'He can't' is more likely.

    b

    PS One might say 'He is unable' to emphasize a physical impediment, but again I thnk 'He just can't' is more likely.

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