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    Raj Singh is offline Newbie
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    Identifying the Schwa

    Hi,

    I have been struggling with the schwa sounds in my test. Can someone help me with the below exercise.

    Hint: some of the words contain more than one schwa sound. Again try saying the words aloud a few times to identify them.

    newspaper
    industry
    entertainment
    recognise
    photograph
    photographer
    furniture
    hesitation
    approximate (adjective)

    Choose the option below each word which correctly demonstrates all the schwas in the word.

    Let's begin:

    newspaper

    Select one:
    a.newspap/ə/
    b.newsp/ə/p/ə/
    c.newsp/ə/per
    d.n/ə/spap/ə/

    industry

    Select one:
    a.ind/ə/str/ə/
    b.industr/ə/
    c./ə/ndustry
    d.ind/ə/stry

    entertainment

    Select one:
    a.ent/ə/tainment
    b.ent/ə/t/ə/nm/ə/nt
    c.ent/ə/tainm/ə/nt
    d./ə/ntertainm/ə/nt

    recognise

    Select one:
    a.r/ə/cognise
    b.rec/ə/gnis/ə/
    c.rec/ə/gnise
    d.recognis/ə/

    photograph

    Select one:
    a.ph/ə/tograph
    b.phot/ə/graph
    c.phot/ə/gr/ə/ph
    d.photogr/ə/ph

    photographer

    Select one:
    a.phot/ə/gr/ə/ph/ə/
    b.ph/ə/tograph/ə/
    c.phot/ə/gr/ə/pher
    d.ph/ə/togr/ə/ph/ə/

    furniture

    Select one:
    a.furn/ə/t/ə/
    b.f/ə/niture
    c.f/ə/nit/ə/
    d.furnit/ə/

    hesitation

    Select one:
    a.h/ə/s/ə/tat/ə/n
    b.hes/ə/tation
    c.hesit/ə/tion
    d.hes/ə/tat/ə/n

    approximate (adjective)

    Select one:
    a./ə/pproximat/ə/
    b./ə/ppr/ə/x/ə/m/ə/te
    c.appr/ə/xim/ə/te
    d./ə/pproxim/ə/te
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    Raj Singh is offline Newbie
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    Re: Identifying the Schwa

    My replies are below:

    newspaper
    n/ə/spap/ə/

    industry
    /ə/ndustry

    entertainment
    ​ent/ə/tainm/ə/nt

    Recognise
    rec/ə/gnis/ə/

    photograph
    phot/ə/gr/ə/ph

    photographer
    ph/ə/togr/ə/ph/ə/

    furniture
    f/ə/nit/ə/

    hesitation
    h/ə/s/ə/tat/ə/n

    approximate (adjective)
    /ə/pproxim/ə/te



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    Re: Identifying the Schwa

    Quote Originally Posted by Raj Singh View Post
    My replies are below:

    n/ə/spap/ə/
    /ə/ndustry
    ​ent/ə/tainm/ə/nt

    rec/ə/gnis/ə/
    phot/ə/gr/ə/ph
    ph/ə/togr/ə/ph/ə/
    f/ə/nit/ə/
    h/ə/s/ə/tat/ə/n
    /ə/pproxim/ə/te


    Those I have marked in red are not schwas.
    Those I have marked in green can be.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: Identifying the Schwa

    "Newspaper" doesn't end in a schwa in rhotic accents. Or the "enter" in "entertainment." Or the vowels in "furniture."

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    Re: Identifying the Schwa

    I'd start furniture off with /ɜː/, but I am strictly non-rhotic.

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