It is "dog" because that is what it sounds like.
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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!
This is a dog house.mp3
Last edited by anhnha; 25-Jul-2015 at 17:26.
I think "dog house".
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.
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.
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.