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The pronunciation of any word in English (or any language at all) is not Universal. This is because there are many different dialects of The English Language — both throughout America, and also world-wide. The pronunciations that are presented on GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! are based-upon a combination of both “common usage”, and the most neutral accent used in The International Common Tongue — a.k.a. “American English”.
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Accentuate – For this word: the first “A” turns into an i-schwa; for the “cc” combination — the first “c” is hard, and the second “c” is soft (this is one of TWO standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue); then the first “e” is short; the first “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it); the “u” is long; there is a phantom-w in-between the “u” and the “a” (this is a product of the transition from the “u” to the “a” vowel sound); and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” is a True Long “A”; the “t” is (usually) stopped; and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue).
– /ihk-SEHN-choo-ay[t]/ – /ə(ɪ)k.ˈsɛn.tʃu.we[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –
See Also: Accent & Accentuated
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