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    ~land, ~lnd or ~lənd

    Hi all,

    How do you pronounce the words with ~land, /lnd/ or /lənd/? e.g. Maryland, Mainland, England.....etc.

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    Re: ~land, ~lnd or ~lənd

    It's normally /ə/ for countries ending in '-land'. It can be either for 'mainland'.

    The LPD gives only /ə/ for 'Maryland'; the Cambridge EPD gives both forms.

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    Re: ~land, ~lnd or ~lənd

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's normally /ə/ for countries ending in '-land'. It can be either for 'mainland'.

    The LPD gives only /ə/ for 'Maryland'; the Cambridge EPD gives both forms.
    Thanks for your reply. Not only EPD, LPD 3rd also gives /ə/ and // for Maryland.

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    Re: ~land, ~lnd or ~lənd

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    LPD 3rd also gives /ə/ and // for Maryland.
    Sorry, I missed that.

    If you have access to the LPD, why are you asking about pronunciation here?

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    Re: ~land, ~lnd or ~lənd

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sorry, I missed that.

    If you have access to the LPD, why are you asking about pronunciation here?
    Good question. Apart from LPD and CPD, I still want to get more references from the native english speakers, like you. By the way, do you think both LPD and CPD are reliable pronunciation dictionaries?

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    Re: ~land, ~lnd or ~lənd

    Quote Originally Posted by EngFan View Post
    Apart from LPD and CPD, I still want to get more references from the native english speakers, like you.
    If I have the slightest doubt about whether some particular pronunciation is used, I check with these dictionaries. It would be useful in future if you rephrased your question to ask us if we agree with the LPD/EPD pronunciations, or which of their pronunciations we prefer.
    By the way, do you think both LPD and CPD are reliable pronunciation dictionaries?
    Yes. Both are first class.

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