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    /a/ and //

    I found different dictionaries give the same word different phonetic symbols. For example, the word cat.

    cat /kat/
    https://www.lexico.com/definition/cat

    cat /kt/
    https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...sh/cat_1?q=cat

    I wonder if the symbols /a/ and // stand for the same sound.
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    Re: /a/ and //

    Different dictionaries use different pronunciation systems. They also don't necessarily agree about the pronunciation of every word.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: /a/ and //

    Thanks, GoesStation.

    To my ears, the British and Americans pronoun cat, apple, black etc. differently. Do you think so?
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    Re: /a/ and //

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    To my ears, the British and Americans pronoun ‘cat’, ‘apple’, ‘black’ etc. differently. Do you think so?
    In general, yes, but don't forget that there are a lot of different accents within both countries so there's bound to be some overlap somewhere. Certainly, someone in New York pronounces those three words differently from me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: /a/ and //

    In those dictionaries, both symbols /a/ and // stand for the same sound, yes. They are not showing two different ways of pronouncing the word, if that's what you're wondering.

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