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    Phonetics of letter I

    Hello,

    Is there any explanation on why on the word divisive, for example, the first I is pronounced as I and the second as ai and the third as I again?
    DI-VI-SI-ve

    It's a nightmare in my life! Every time I come across a new word, when I'm reading, I just don't know how to pronounce it.

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    Re: Phonetics of letter I

    That's English. We have borrowed so many words from other languages, and have undergone many shifts in pronunciation across the ages that this is always difficult.

    Then throw in that these types of things can change based on dialect as well.

    If it's any consolation, native speakers are sometimes confused as well. The first time I saw words like "lamentable" or "hegemony" I butchered their pronunciation.

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    Re: Phonetics of letter I

    I usually pronounce the second i as capital I.

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    Re: Phonetics of letter I

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hello,

    Is there any explanation on why on the word divisive, for example, the first I is pronounced as I and the second as ai and the third as I again?
    DI-VI-SI-ve
    You can pronounce that one with a long or short I in the second syllable. Barack Obama always does, as do many others. Unlike the previous occupant of his office, he rarely mispronounces words.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Phonetics of letter I

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You can pronounce that one with a long or short I in the second syllable. Barack Obama always does,
    What does he always do? Which is it?
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    Re: Phonetics of letter I

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    What does he always do? Which is it?
    I must have drawn inspiration from Obama's predecessor when I wrote that sentence. Obama, in fact, pronounces divisive with three short Is. He has had ample opportunity to use the word during his administration.
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