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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).
Feb 20, 2021 2:23 PM
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!
Feb 20, 2021 2:09 PM
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Shu
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English, Japanese
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English