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I heard the word 'finite' pronounced today as 'fie-nite' (forgive the horrible phonetic representation, I think it will do the job, though). I checked a dictionary and sure enough, that is how it is supposed to be pronounced. This was most definitely the first time, however, that I ever heard anyone pronounce it this way, so I have either never heard the word in speech before, or I have been hearing it pronounced differently. I always though that 'finite' was pronounced nearly the same as the last two syllables of 'infinite', with emphasis on the first syllable. I always pronounced the word as 'fin-it'. Have I had it wrong all this time? Or is there more than one way to pronounce the word?
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how do we pronounce this fie-nite or finite/infinite pronunciation?
How do we pronounce this?

finite: fi-nite (both i's are long vowel sounds; the stress is on the first syllable.)
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/finite (click on the loudspeaker icon)

infinite: in-fi-nit (all the i's are short vowel sounds; the stress is on the first syllable.)

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/infinite (click on the loudspeaker icon)
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I checked OxfordAdvance Learner's Dictionary: it pronounces faɪnaɪt , http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/finite
while
Merriam Webster Dictionary pronounces: ˈfī-ˌnīt'
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finite

Which one is to trust? Both, I guess, both are correct. I have h eard both pronunciations often.
AnonymousI checked OxfordAdvance Learner's Dictionary: it pronounces faɪnaɪt , http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/finite whileMerriam Webster Dictionary pronounces: ˈfī-ˌnīt'http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/finite Which one is to trust? Both, I guess, both are correct. I have h eard both pronunciations often.
Have you checked the guide to phonetic notation used in each dictionary? Both pronunciations could be the same.
AnonymousWhich one is to trust?
They both represent the same sounds. It's just the symbol set that is different. M-W has its own set of symbols. Oxford uses the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).

M-W /fī-ˌnīt/ = Oxford /faɪnaɪt/

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Anonymous The problem with your explaination is that it makes sense of finite but then begs the question is infinite the word that defys convention. i haven't herd of a word that changes when an extra syllable is added. eg revibrate and vibrate are said the same way using the same convention.
Good question. English is a language where root words don't dictate the pronunciation; that is, related words have different stress, different syllabification, different pronunciations.

To understand why 'infinite' is pronounced the way it is, read trisyllabic laxing: check this wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trisyllabic_laxing

Same thing wrt: pronounce vs pronunciation, etc.

Related historical processes wrt vowels are: open-syllabic lengthening, pre-cluster shortening, homorganic lengthening, and great vowel shift.