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Is it acceptable to pronounce "want to be" as /wɔn tu bi:/

 
 
Reply Tue 30 Apr, 2013 10:35 pm
That is, want here is only pronounced as /wɔn/ when it is closely followed by "to be.

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They want to be known simply as “followers of Jesus.” They are far more concerned about the plight of Haitians than the age of the earth. They want to talk about social justice, not the parameters of biblical inspiration.
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Reply Wed 1 May, 2013 12:48 pm
Yes.
oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 1 May, 2013 06:58 pm
@InfraBlue,
Thanks
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oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 1 May, 2013 07:02 pm
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

Yes.


Besides, I feel hard to pronounce "not the (parameters)." Is "not the" read as /nɔ ðə/?
oristarA
 
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Reply Thu 2 May, 2013 12:11 am
No one would like to offer an answer?
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 2 May, 2013 02:12 pm
@oristarA,
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Besides, I feel it's hard to pronounce "not the (parameters)." Is "not the" read as /nɔ ðə/?


It all depends, Ori.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 2 May, 2013 04:16 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

InfraBlue wrote:

Yes.


Besides, I feel hard to pronounce "not the (parameters)." Is "not the" read as /nɔ ðə/?


Yep.
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Thu 2 May, 2013 04:26 pm
it's not so much /w(schwa)n/ as it is /wan/ when pronounced without specially emphasizing it.
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 2 May, 2013 04:38 pm
@oristarA,

Americans say "wanna be".

And even in British English, only someone speaking very slowly and deliberately would clearly separate the two "t"s in "want to be".
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Fri 3 May, 2013 08:18 am
We usually only say "wannabe" when we're talking about wannabes. When we say "want to be" there's more of a "t" in there, though not a really heavy-duty one.
McTag
 
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Reply Fri 3 May, 2013 09:48 am
@MontereyJack,

wan tub ee
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 3 May, 2013 10:59 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

oristarA wrote:

InfraBlue wrote:

Yes.


Besides, I feel hard to pronounce "not the (parameters)." Is "not the" read as /nɔ ðə/?


Yep.


I should be more specific. There's a glottal stop ⟨ʔ⟩ used in the pronunciation of not: /nɔʔ/, so it would be pronounced /nɔʔ ðə/.
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JTT
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 09:59 pm
Which one of you attracted the conservative hysteria tag?

Probably McTag. Smile
McTag
 
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Reply Tue 21 May, 2013 12:27 am
@JTT,

Sometimes conservative, never hysterical, I remain, dear sir, at your service.

Wink
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