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    Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    I know that "neither" can be pronounced in two different ways, namely, /ˈnaɪə(r)/ and /ˈniːə(r)/. However, I've never heard the expression "me neither" or "neither do I" pronounced with the /ˈnaɪə(r)/ variant.

    How do you pronounce these expressions?

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    #2

    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    I think it is a BrE vs AmE thing. /ˈnaɪə(r)/ is BrE and /ˈniːə(r) is Ame. I could be wrong.

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    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    You'll hear both pronunciations in BrE, including in those expressions.

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    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    ***not a teacher***
    Interestingly, in most British series and films I've noticed they're pronounced /niːə/ and /iːə/.

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    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    I am more likely to say "me knee-ther" and "nigh-ther do I."
    I might say "knee-ther" with the second, but I can't imagine saying "me nigh-ther"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    Thank you for your answers. Come to think of it, I've heard "neither do I" with /ˈnaɪə(r)/, but "me neither" with /ˈnaɪə(r)/ never. In fact, the other day I was watching an old Dr Who episode (obviously they speak BrE), and David Tennet said "me neither" like /ˈniːə(r)/.

    With a little more research I've found these so called "preference polls" by Longman.

    Preference polls, British English: ˈaɪ- 87%, ˈiː- 13%; American English: ˈiː- 84%, ˈaɪ- 16%.

    It seems that there is a preference, but I am yet to hear "me neither" with /ˈnaɪə(r)/.

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    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    It seems that there is a preference, but I am yet to hear "me neither" with /ˈnaɪə(r)/.
    Hello salvador.dal1950,

    At about 01:11 in this video, you can hear /mi: naɪər/.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fGR7FsTrKY

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    Re: Does the pronunciation of "neither" changes depending on the context?

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    It seems that there is a preference, but I am yet to hear "me neither" with /ˈnaɪə(r)/.
    I was brought up not to say me neither at all, so I think you may find that many other people who say /ˈnaɪə/ will use neither do I instead. However,the pronunciation is not unknown.

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