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    Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    Is the pronunciation of 'er' in the word 'serve' a monophthong or diphthong?

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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    Please remember to put your pronunciation questions in the right section of the forum - Pronunciation and Phonetics. I think this is the third post of yours that I've moved out of Ask A Teacher.
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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    You need to specify which variety of English you're talking about. It's usually a monophthong in BrE, because for the most part, BrE is non-rhotic.

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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please remember to put your pronunciation questions in the right section of the forum - Pronunciation and Phonetics. I think this is the third post of yours that I've moved out of Ask A Teacher.
    In standard American English, neither. Both E's are silent. We pronounce it srv.

    There are regional U.S. variations, however, such as suv (especially in the south) and soiv (especially in the northeast).
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In standard American English, neither. Both E's are silent. We pronounce it srv.

    There are regional U.S. variations, however, such as suv (especially in the south) and soiv (especially in the northeast).
    Thank you for your response, Charlie. Do you mean the word "serve" does not contain a vowel in standard American English?

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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    It has two E's. In standard American, they are not pronounced. They are silent. There is not a monothong or dipthong.

    In British and in some variations of American, the first E is pronounced. Its pronunciation varies from place to place.

    The second E is never pronounced anywhere by anyone.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    I don't understand your answer. Of course the first e is pronounced in AmE. It sounds just like the e in "her". The second e is silent. There is no way to pronounce "srv".

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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    The same applies to BrE. We don't pronounce the final "e". The word sounds as if it finishes with a "v". However, the first part of the word clearly contains an "e" as part of "ser". As Mike said, it's not possible to say "srv".

    The only difference, for me, is that in AmE you will hear the "r" and in most regional BrE accents, you won't.

    Click HERE for several pronunciations of "serve" on Forvo. There are 2 AmE pronunciations and 1 Canadian English, and in both of them you can clearly hear the "r" sound. If you then play the BrE pronunciation (by me!) you will not hear the "r" sound.
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    Re: Does the word 'serve' contain a monophthong or diphthong?

    In the BrE pronunciation the first 'e' is a long monophthong. It rhymes with her, fur and bird.

    Michael Andrews

    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Apr-2015 at 20:35.

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