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  1. Yourjones
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    Silliest (pronunciation)

    Hi,

    In a cartoon programme in American English, I heard Dora (the explorer) said "to solve the silliest /'siliest/ riddle". I remember it should be pronounced like /'silist/. I guess what Dora the explorer pronounced should be right, but I just don't know if it is true. If this is the case, should "busy" be pronounced like /biziest/? And other adj.s ended with "y"?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Silliest (pronunciation)

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hi,

    In a cartoon programme in American English, I heard Dora (the explorer) said "to solve the silliest /'siliest/ riddle". I remember it should be pronounced like /'silist/. I guess what Dora the explorer pronounced should be right, but I just don't know if it is true. If this is the case, should "busy" be pronounced like /biziest/? And other adj.s ended with "y"?

    Thanks a lot.
    With the superlative of adjectives ending in "y", we change the "y" to "i" and add -est.

    silly --> silliest, pronounced sill e est
    busy --> busiest, pronounced biz e est

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