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    #1

    pronunciation

    In ................. , "th" is pronounced the same as in "brother".
    (A) thin (C) mathematics
    (B) this (D) south

    Am I correct?
    Please help me how to pronunciate.

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    Re: pronunciation

    The th sound in thin is slightly longer than the th sound in brother.

    brʌˈɜr (brother)


    θɪn (thin)

    ɪs (this)

    ˌmθəˈmtɪks (mathematics)

    saʊθ, saʊ (south)


    http://dictionary.reference.com/

    Two alternative pronunciations are offered for south: I would use the first, leaving this as the most likely answer. (In my opinion.)

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    Re: pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
    In ................. , "th" is pronounced the same as in "brother".
    (A) thin (C) mathematics
    (B) this (D) south

    Am I correct?
    Please help me how to pronounce it.

    Thank you in advance
    That's not the right choice.try again
    the 'th' in brother sounds a trifle like 'd'
    hope this helps

    not a teacher

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    Re: pronunciation

    Yes I agree! There are 2 th sounds: one is voiced (you make a sound with your vocal cords) and one is unvoiced (only air passes through your mouth, you make no sound with your vocal cords).

    'Brother' is voiced, and 'this' is the only one of the 4 options that is also voiced. THIS is the correct answer!

    To see a video contrasting these two TH sounds, see here: The Two TH Sounds.



    Rachel

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    Smile Re: pronunciation

    if there are two different sounds for the TH and "south" is pronounced with a voiced sound, so, what's the difference between the TH in south and this?

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    Re: pronunciation

    Good question. "South" is always pronounced with the unvoiced unless it is taking on the verb form of the word, in which case it can be pronounced voiced, but even then doesn't have to be. The verb form is very rare, in my entire life I have never heard/read/used it. It is used in Astronomy and, it is my guess, is a specialized word used only in a few disciplines in specific cases.

    The people who wrote that test probably did not even know "south" could be a verb, I know I didn't until I looked it up just now.

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