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    Question Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Hi,

    How do you pronounce minute (as an adjective)?

    Is it my-noot
    or min-yoot?
    Is there a difference between the American and British pronunciation?


    Thanks :)

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    I think your first version is the Am E version. (That 'I think' is more about my attitude to home-made transliterations than about my knowledge of this pronunciation ). In Br English the first syllable is similar, but the second has an added /j/.

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Minute rice = min'nit (relating to 60 seconds)

    A minute amount = my noot' (relating to "very small")

    My American pronunciation.

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Minute rice = min'nit (relating to 60 seconds)

    A minute amount = my noot' (relating to "very small")

    My American pronunciation.

    {not a teacher}
    i did not know that minute is pronounced differently for different kind of words. (Is this sentence OK?).

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    i did not know that minute is pronounced differently for different kind of words. (Is this sentence OK?).
    I did not know that "minute" was pronounced differently for different kind of words.

    Yes, it is, unfortunately. A minute (of time) is /mInIt/ or /mInət/ with the stress on the first syllable. Minute, as in small, has the stress on the second syllable.

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I did not know that "minute" was pronounced differently for different kind of words.

    Yes, it is, unfortunately. A minute (of time) is /mInIt/ or /mInət/ with the stress on the first syllable. Minute, as in small, has the stress on the second syllable.
    The word minute has a meaning of "protocol".
    How do we pronounce the word in this case?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Quote Originally Posted by gayanah View Post
    The word minute has a meaning of "protocol".
    How do we pronounce the word in this case?

    Thank you in advance.
    As in the time. /mInət/
    "The minutes of a meeting" is the same, as is 1/60 of a degree.

    Minute is only used to mean small, or detailed, as in "a minute inspection".

    Any good dictionary will have (at least) two entries, one for each word (pronunciation).

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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    As in the time. /mInət/
    "The minutes of a meeting" is the same, as is 1/60 of a degree.

    Minute is only used to mean small, or detailed, as in "a minute inspection".

    Any good dictionary will have (at least) two entries, one for each word (pronunciation).
    Thank you Raymott

    I like your explanations.

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    #9

    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    Thanks dear friends :)

    I got the American pronunciation now.
    But I'm not sure about the British one, how come it has a j in it?

    Thanks again.


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    Re: Minute (adj.) Pronunciation?

    It is a "y" rather than "j" >> my-ny-oot, with the "n" and "y" almost fused.

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