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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”.
Astonished – For this word: the “A” turns into a u-schwa; the “o” is short; for the “-ish” suffix – the “i” is pronounced as an i-schwa; and the “sh” combination is un-voiced (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue); and since the root-word ends with the “sh” combination, the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t” but is (often) stopped.
– /uh-STAH-nihsh-[t]/ – /ə(ʌ).ˈstɑ.nə(ɪ)ʃ.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts (almost) as a separate syllable –
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