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Please let me know the pronunciation for finance
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Noun: /'fai naens/
Verb: /fai 'naens/
I hate to tell you this, but in the U.S. I've heard it pronounced both ways for both the verb and noun forms. I think it might be somewhat of a regional difference.
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I"ve never heard /fai 'naens/, but I've heard /fi 'naens/. I hear the first more than any other.
CJ
CalifJimI"ve never heard /fai 'naens/, but I've heard /fi 'naens/. I hear the first more than any other.
CJ

Yeah, I wasn't paying attention to the spelling, only the location of the stress. I meant that I've heard both /'fai naens/ and /fi 'naens/ used for the verb and noun forms, as well as for the adjective (financial) and adverb (financially) forms.
CalifJim/fi 'naens/
With a tense [ i ] ? I sometimes pronounce it [ f@ne@ns ] , but never like that.
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It is a regional difference. But the most common form in the U.S. is definitely "fai'nans." However, I sometimes hear "fi'nans," particularly when using the word as a verb.
CalifJimI"ve never heard /fai 'naens/, but I've heard /fi 'naens/. I hear the first more than any other.
CJ

Is there a page alread on English Forums that tells me how to read (and write) these? That would give me examples, like "fai" would be the same as fee FI fo fum, while "fi" would sound like the first part of "fish"? I always feel really clueless on these. Or do I just look at the first page of Websters and use the same conventions they do?
Hi GG,
are you talking about IPA? Merriam-Webster uses a different convention, it's not IPA, nor SAMPA.
If you need to type in IPA, you can use this:
http://linguiste.org/phonetics/ipa/chart/keyboard /

If you need to learn what each symbol stands for, maybe you need to check this out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_for_English

I'm not sure you wanted something like that, though. Emotion: smile
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