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    Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    Is the pronunciation of the letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' the same as that of the letter 'e' in the word 'pen'?

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    #2

    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    No.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    No.

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    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    This is very like your 'oy' question. Just because a dipthong s transcribed as one phoneme followed by another, it doesn't mean you can just take those phonemes out of their context.

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    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    I agree- if you separate the transcription into individual sounds, you will not be pronouncing the dipthong.

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    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    Thank you for your reply, emsr2d2, Rover_KE, BobK, and Tdol.

    Looking forward to guys, especially American English-speaking people, who will give a reply in the affirmative.
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    #7

    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    No, it's nothing like "pen."

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    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, it's nothing like "pen."
    Thank you for your reply, SoothingDave.

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    #9

    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    pen1 (pɛn

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    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...kiePolicy=true

    pair (pɛr
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    http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...kiePolicy=true

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    #10

    Re: Pronunciations of letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' and short /e/.

    I clicked on the links to see for myself, and you're right, they do show the pronunciation for both words as /pɛn.
    If, on the other hand, you click on the speaker symbol to listen to the words being pronounced (by the very unnatural sounding artificial voice) you'll notice that there is a distinct difference between the two. I think the phonetic transcription is a mistake.

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