Accent Diet: Reducing Sounds Lesson 8 Practice 3 – #80470

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Accent Diet: Reducing Sounds Lesson 8 Practice 3 – #80470

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In the unstressed words in a sentence, the vowel sounds often change. In these words, the vowels become /ə/ or /I/. (See Appendix B for pronunciation guide for these symbols.) Because these are weak sounds, we say that we are “reducing” the sound.

Original Word 
Reduced Sound
/tə/ (Sometimes /də/)
What are you doing?
Your copies are finished.
Talk to your manager.
Want coffee or tea?
I can go with you.
english pronunciation practicePRACTICE

Read these questions three times each. Practice reducing the sounds in the underlined words.

When are you moving?
Did you get my message?
What’s your son’s name?
Is your computer backed up?
Who did you give it to? (To is not reduced here because it’s a stressed word.)
Do you have to miss the meeting?
Did you park in the front or the back?
What can you do about it?
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