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    Pronouncing grave in British English

    Hello,

    I've seen a different pronunciation of "grave" in British English pronounced "gra:v" .

    Is it ok to pronounce the above word in this way?

    How much this pronunciation is common in Britain?

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    When we use the word for the name of a French accent, we pronounce it in the French way. Otherwise we pronounce it to rhyme with brave, cave, Dave, nave, rave, save.

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    When we use the word for the name of a French accent, we pronounce it in the French way. Otherwise we pronounce it to rhyme with brave, cave, Dave, nave, rave, save.
    Do you suggest me for pronouncing "gra:v" instead of "greiv" ? Is it common in England?

    I remember I saw a video from Nigel Farage who pronounced "Isju:" instead of "Isu:". Is pronouncing like french people considered as a formal pronunciation in Britain?

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    Only if you are talking about the marks used above certain letters in some languages like the letter a here: déjà. The name for that is a grave accent and is pronounced gra:v. If you are using the words grave for all the other meanings of the word, use greiv as the pronunciation.

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    Do you suggest me for pronouncing "gra:v" instead of "greiv" ? Is it common in England?
    It's common for the name of the French accent. Otherwise it's incorrect.

    Some BrE speakers pronounce 'issue' as /'ɪsju:/, some as /'ɪʃu:/. Both are acceptable. Neither is exactly like the French pronunciation

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    I also understood there is another pronunciation for grave which I have never heard it before. It's "gra:'vei"

    Will Brits understand me if I pronounce "gra:vei" ?

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    No.

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    I also understood there is another pronunciation for grave which I have never heard it before. It's "gra:'vei"

    Will Brits understand me if I pronounce "gra:vei" ?
    Where did you find that pronunciation?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flogger View Post
    pronunciation for grave which I have never heard it before.

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    Re: Pronouncing grave in British English

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Where did you find that pronunciation?
    There is a dictionary available at Microsoft store named AED. It claims that this dictionary is based on Wordnet by Princeton University. I have no idea about WordNet but it seems it belongs to Princeton, a reputable university.

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