ate and eight have the same sound when you speak. WHY?????

zero imagination to create another sound???? aauahuahauha 

Jun 24, 2014 2:26 PM
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Why was six afraid of seven?




Because seven ate nine.

Sorry, I had to.

June 24, 2014

Well, languages aren't "created" and then released to the masses.  English (and any other language aside from Esparanto/Klingon) evolves organically.


I can assure you that native speakers NEVER confuse "eight" and "ate" in conversation.  In fact, I can't think of any homophonic pair of words (blew & blue, gate & gait etc) which is the source of confusion or misunderstanding! 


Even words with the same spelling but different definitions like


fine = well, good,

fine = an infringement or penatly fee for doing something wrong

fine = well-ground, as in fine sugar

fine = high-class/quality like, fine wine, fine art, fine dining


The context is always clear of meaning! So...you may deem it as a lack of "creativity" but it sounds quite efficient to me!


Many languages share this facet, and some to far greater degree (like Chinese...)



June 24, 2014

You can pronounce ate /et/ if that makes you happy ;-)

June 24, 2014
June 24, 2014

"et" is an informal way to say (and also spell) "ate".

June 24, 2014