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Hi,
how is the prefix "semi" usually pronounced? Is it seh-me or seh-my? My dictionaries say "seh-me", but I've heard it as "seh-my" more often, I think.
Examples:

semivowel
semicirle
semi-trailer
semiconductor
...etc.

Thank you.
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British English uses sem- me
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Hi,

how is the prefix "semi" usually pronounced? Is it seh-me or seh-my?

My dictionaries say "seh-me", but I've heard it as "seh-my" more often, I think

I believe "seh-my" is a feature of (some) American pronunciation. Perhaps someone from the US will comment further.

Best wishes, Clive
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Both are used in North American English. It's not really region specific--see the article on American English and Candian English in Wikipedia. They're simply alternate pronunciations, sort of like "route" /r\aUt/ or /r\ut/. Some people use exclusively one or the other, others use them both interchangeable, some use the /i/ version usually but use /aI/ for emphasis. You can use either one. Interestingly enough, however, some of the people that only use one think the other variant is unusual or reminiscent of a different region.

(Note: this is only for North American English. British English might only use one or the other.)
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Marvin A.It's not really region specific. They're simply alternate pronunciations, sort of like "route" /r\aUt/ or /r\ut/.
Ah, I understand. I think I'll say "seh-me" then, I like that version more (I also like "root" for "route" more, by the way).
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ok, i think the correct pronuonciation is seh-me, but i think it could be pronounced either way.