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    #1

    You can either say either or either, either way is correct

    You can /iər/ say /aɪər/ or /iə/, /aɪə/ way is correct.
    The sentence above is meant to illustrate how the word either can be used and pronounced.
    Do you think it's a good example? Have I used the correct IPA symbols?

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    Re: You can either say either or either, either way is correct

    The normal BrE transcriptions are /i:ə(r)/ and /aɪə(r)/.

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    Re: You can either say either or either, either way is correct

    Is "You can /i:ər/ say /aɪər/ or /i:ə/, /aɪə/ way is correct" any better?

    I want to "choose sides" rather than include the optional, bracketed "(r)". I want to make the difference apparent by juxtaposing rhotic and non-rhotic pronunciations in one sentence.


    On second thought, maybe "You can /i:ər/ say /i:ə/ or /aɪə/, /aɪər/ way is correct" would illustrate it better.

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    Re: You can either say either or either, either way is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post

    I want to "choose sides" rather than include the optional, bracketed "(r)". I want to make the difference apparent by juxtaposing rhotic and non-rhotic pronunciations in one sentence.
    That makes it seems as if learners can choose freely between rhotic and non-rhotic forms on every occasion. That would lead to unnatural language.

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    #5

    Re: You can either say either or either, either way is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That makes it seems as if learners can choose freely between rhotic and non-rhotic forms on every occasion. That would lead to unnatural language.
    I guess you're right.
    Retraction.

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