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    At pronunciation, weak or strong form?

    Hello, I'm new, I have a problem long since , I need to learn when "at" is pronounced [Št] (strong form) and /ət/ (weak form)...

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: At pronunciation, weak or strong form?

    The strong form predominates in AmE. The weak form is sometimes heard in stock phrases like "not at all" or "up at bat".

    By the way, I don't think "long since" is natural in mainstream English, but only in dialects like Indian English. You should say something like "I've had a problem for a long time ..." or "I have a longstanding problem ...".

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    Re: At pronunciation, weak or strong form?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The strong form predominates in AmE. The weak form is sometimes heard in stock phrases like "not at all" or "up at bat".

    By the way, I don't think "long since" is natural in mainstream English, but only in dialects like Indian English. You should say something like "I've had a problem for a long time ..." or "I have a longstanding problem ...".
    Ok, thank you for all your advice, I absolutely need to improve my English as I'm going to work in Qatar , and I don't have more time.

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    Re: At pronunciation, weak or strong form?

    If it's not important in BrE, we use the weak form. We use the strong form to stress the word when it matters.

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