Shu
My question about "The". If the following word of "The" starts with a vowel such as aeiou, I know you need to read it as "thee". So when "the" is appearing in a sentence, I need to stop once reading before reading "the" to check if the following word start with a vowel or a consonant . I think it's pretty tricky. What do English native speakers think?
Feb 20, 2021 1:50 PM
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My question about "The". If the word following "The" starts with a vowel such as aeiou, I know you need to read it as "thee". So when "the" appears in a sentence, I need to stop before reading "the" to check if the following word starts with a vowel or a consonant . I think it's pretty tricky. What do English native speakers think?
I wouldn't worry about this too much. "The" is not a stressed word, so goes by really quickly when you are talking. No one will notice if you say "the" or "thee." As a native speaker, I don't always pronounce "the" as 'thee" before these words. For example "I'm not going out because of the ice on the street." In fact, the only time I pay attention to it is when I am singing in my chorus and the choral director says "pronounce "the" as "thee" here, because of (the next word).
February 20, 2021
My question about "The". If the following word of "The" starts with a vowel such as aeiou, I know you need to read it as "thee". So when "the" is appearing in a sentence, I need to stop once reading before reading "the" to check if the following word start with a vowel or a consonant . I think it's pretty tricky. What do English native speakers think?
I think the reason for 'thee' is simply that it is easier to say. Thee apple is easier to day than the apple. So as you speak more quickly I guess it will be natural. If u has a /j/ sound like in university then use 'the' pronunciation. Good luck!
February 20, 2021
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Shu
Language Skills
English, Japanese
Learning Language
English