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    #1

    This is a doghouse/dark house

    I am having problem transcribing the sentence in the attached file.

    The correct answer is "This is a doghouse". However, I am really confused between #1 and #2.

    1. This is a doghouse.
    2. This is a dark house.

    Is there a way (relating to pronunciation) to know that it is "dog" not "dark" in the sentence? Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    It is "dog" because that is what it sounds like.

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    #3

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    I think "dog house".

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    #4

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    Hello, Mike.

    How would you pronounce/read the following sentences?

    1. This is the White House.
    2. This is a white house.

    I suspect there might be some difference in stress pattern/intonation.

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    #5

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    In British English, the words 'dog' and 'dark' have clearly different vowels, so there is no problem.

    In American English, the vowels can be the same. As the /g/ is partly devoiced by the following /h/, it is rather more difficult. MikeNewYork, a speaker of AmE, can identify 'It's a dog house'. I, a speaker of BrE do not find it so easy. Only helpful context would make it clear to me.

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    #6

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    Thank you for the replies!
    I am more familiar with AmE than BrE and as Piscean said the vowels are the same to me. Also, I don't have problem identifying these words when they are pronounced separately in dictionaries.

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    #7

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    Yes, there is a difference. In "White House" the stress is on "White". In "white house" the stress is on "house".

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    #8

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    I don't agree that the vowels in "dog" and "dark" are the same in AmE.

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    #9

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't agree that the vowels in "dog" and "dark" are the same in AmE.
    I said that they can be. Personal observation suggests to me that they are the same for some speakers of AmE. The online Merriam-Webster's dictionary gives the same phonetic transcription for the vowel of 'dark' and one of their two versions of 'dog'.

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    #10

    Re: This is a doghouse/dark house

    For me, the vowel in "dog" is closer to the vowel in "dork" than the vowel in "dark".

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