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    The with university

    Hello,
    Can you help please? I'm a little bit confused.
    We pronounce 'the' /ɪ/ if a letter of the next word begins with a vowel sound.
    In my book it says that a vowel is not pronounced as a vowel then the article is pronounced /
    ə/, e.g. UNIVERSITY. 'U' is a vowel letter. Why is it not a vowel sound?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: The with university

    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    Hello,
    Can you help please? I'm a little bit confused.
    We pronounce 'the' /ɪ/ if the first letter of the next word begins with a vowel sound.
    In my book it says that if a vowel is not pronounced as a vowel sound, then the article is pronounced /
    ə/, e.g. "university." UNIVERSITY.


    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    'U' is a vowel letter. Why is it not a vowel sound?
    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post

    It's not a vowel sound. It's pronounced yooniversity.

    By the same token, words like "hour" actually start with a vowel sound.

    ɪ hour of reckoning
    ə union of mine workers

    Last edited by teechar; 15-Jan-2017 at 14:37. Reason: tried many times to get rid of empty quote but failed miserably

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    Re: The with university

    There is a difference between a word starting with a vowel and a word starting with a vowel sound. Teechar has covered the pronunciation of "the". If you haven't already learnt this, the same rule applies when trying to decide whether to use "a" or "an".

    "I would like to visit a university." "University" starts with a vowel (u) but it starts with a consonant sound (y).
    "I used to have a unicorn". "Unicorn" starts with a vowel (u) but it starts with a consonant sound (y).
    "I have an umbrella". "Umbrella" starts with a vowel (u) and also starts with a vowel sound (u).

    "He has an hour to spare". "Hour" starts with a consonant (h) but starts with a vowel sound (ow).
    "I would be an honour". "Honour" starts with a consonant (h) but starts with a vowel sound (o).
    "I have a hat". "Hat" starts with a consonant (h) and starts with a consonant sound (h).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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