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    the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    Read the hotel!

    Hi,
    I see the above title in one of the hotel websites.

    Can we say that because "h" in "hotel" is pronounced as a vowel so we should pronounce "the" like "di"?

    I mean "Read the (di) hotel."

    Like "Where is the (di) orange?"

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    We could, but the only people I know that pronounce hotel as a vowel are upper class older people, and very old at that. The vast majority of native speakers pronounce it as a consonant, so unless you want to sound like a posh British speaker from the 1930s, I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    How on earth does one read a hotel?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How on earth does one read a hotel?
    What do you mean? I didn't have a problem with "hotel".
    I meant the correct pronunciation of "the" before "hotel".

    I read "hotel" as "hë|"tel".

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    You said it was on a hotel website.

    "Read the hotel!" does not make sense in English. It's an imperative. You can say "Read the book!" or "Read my lips!" but it is impossible to read a hotel.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    How do you pronounce 'the hotel'? would have been one correct way of wording this.

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    Agreed, but that would be a strange thing to find on a hotel website!
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    #8

    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    It would, but it would be pronounced without the h.

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It would, but it would be pronounced without the h.
    Americans always pronounce the H in hotel.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: the hotel / the orange => pronunciation

    I haven't heard a BrE speaker drop the "h" (and therefore use "an" before it) for about twenty years.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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