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    feeding

    Dear teachers, could you help me out on this?

    is the difference between 'to feed' and 'to eat' like this?

    Alan is eating a turkey for lunch.
    Alan is eating.
    Blair is feeding a turkey
    . This means the turkey is eating something that was given by Blair, ie, Blair is not eating the turkey.
    Carl is feeding. It means he is feeding himself.

    I hear some people pronounce 'feeding' like this:

    fee + dee + ng = feeding

    So, I'd like to ask whether it is common, there's difference between the "ee" sound and the "i" sound in that word.

    Do you talk like that in everyday conversation?

    Many thanks
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    Re: feeding

    Hi. As a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, I would advise as follows:

    Alan is eating a turkey for lunch. OK.
    Alan is eating. OK.
    Blair is feeding a turkey. This means the turkey is eating something that was given by Blair, ie, Blair is not eating the turkey.
    Carl is feeding. It means he is feeding himself, although I would rather say "Carl is eating". Animals (and babies) feed - children and adults eat. To say someone is feeding suggests to me that you believe that they are eating like an animal!


    I would not pronounce 'feeding' as: "fee + dee + ng".

    Hope this helps
    NT

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    Re: feeding

    Ok, thank you Neillythere, In that context, a boy was feeding an animal's leg in a cage (like an animal). But...

    Have you ever heard someone say "feedeen" instead of "feedin" ? these two sounds are pretty close to me, it's not easy distinguish between "live" and "leave", "bit" and "beat" whether the speaker talks fastly.

    One more question: How'd one pronounce 'enough'?

    "e + nough" or just "nough"?

    Thank you very much

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    Re: feeding

    In the context of: "A boy was feeding an animal's leg into a cage", this has nothing to do with eating.

    Using my regular reference, the OED, see item 6, below, as in: "feeding a thread through the eye of a needle"

    AskOxford: feed
    feed:

    verb (past and past part. fed)
    1 give food to.
    2 provide an adequate supply of food for.
    3 eat.
    4 (feed on/off) derive regular nourishment from (a particular substance).
    5 supply with material, power, water, etc.
    6 pass gradually through a confined space.
    7 prompt (an actor) with (a line).

    "feedeen" instead of feedin'?
    I don't recognise and would never use "feedeen".
    "Feedin' " is short for "feeding", but is only really used either verbally or in reported speech.

    "live", as in: "I live in Qatar" has a short "i", as in ""bit"
    "live", as in "alive", in my own simple phonetics, I would pronounce as "l-ai-v"
    "leave", as in "go away", on the same basis, I would pronounce as "l-ee-v".

    "bit", I would pronounce with a short "i", as above.
    "beat", I would pronounce with a long "ee", as in "leave", above

    I would pronounce 'enough' as "ee-nuff".

    Hope this helps.
    Regards
    NT

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    Re: feeding

    Thank you very much, it helped a lot.

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    Re: feeding

    You're very welcome.
    NT

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