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Hi! Could any of you tell me when 'are' is pronunced as /a:/ and when as /ə/ ? And the same question about the pronunciation of 'of' when should I pronunce it as /əv/ when as /ɒv/? For egzample in the sentence: 'All the sounds we make when we speak are the result of musces contracting.'
Please help me! I think I really don't get when it is weak and when strong.
Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 18-Apr-2015 at 01:12.
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.
In BrE 'are' is a 'weak form', meaning that it is almost always pronounced as an /ə/ (the so called 'schwa') except when
- the word 'are' is situated at the end of a sentence (as the last word)
- at the beginning of the sentence or
- anywhere inside the sentence.
It is up to the speaker to pronounce it fully as 'are' or weak as /ə/- sometimes the speaker may have a particular reason to pronounce it strongly even though it would normally be pronounced weakly (for example when the word needs to be stressed for contextual emphasis).
Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Apr-2015 at 20:32.