– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter A:  Ab ) –


An alphabetical pronunciation guide of The Common Tongue – a.k.a. – American English Pronunciation, containing the phonetic spellings of a vast selection of common and not-so-common words in the English language, with more added daily.

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The pronunciations are not Universal as there are many different dialects of the English language, both world-wide and throughout America. The pronunciations that are presented here are based upon a combination of both common usage and the most neutral accent used in The International Common Tongue.

Ab

 

Aa . Ac . Ad . Af . Ag . Ah . Ai . Aj . Ak . Al . Am . An . Ap . Aq . Ar . As . At . Au . Av . Aw

 

Abandon
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the second “a” is short, the “o” turns into an i-schwa

/uh-BæN-dihn//ə(ʌ).ˈbæn.də(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Abandoned
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the second “a” is short, the “o” turns into an i-schwa, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “n” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent

/uh-BæN-dihn-d//ə(ʌ).ˈbæn.də(ɪ)n.d/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Abbreviation
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” is long, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “a” is a True Long “A”, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-bree-vee-AY-shihn//ə(ʌ).bɹiː.viː.ˈe.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the major stress is on the fourth syllable and that there is a minor stress on the second syllable

 

Abbreviations
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” is long, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “a” is a True Long “A”, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/uh-bree-vee-AY-shihn-z//ə(ʌ).bɹiː.viː.ˈe.ʃə(ɪ)n.z/ – Notice also that the major stress is on the fourth syllable, that there is a minor stress on the second syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Abdomen
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “b” is almost stopped, the “o” turns into an i-schwa, and for the “-en” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æ[B]-dih-mihn//ˈæ[b].də(ɪ).mə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Abdominal
– For this word, the “A” turns into a true-schwa, the “b” is almost stopped, the “o” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ə[b]-DAH-mih-nəl//ə[b].ˈdɑ.mə(ɪ).nəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Ability
– For this word, the “a” turns into a u-schwa, the first “i” is short, the second “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-BIH-lih-dee//ə(ʌ).ˈbɪ.lə.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Able
– For this word, the “A” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “b” and the “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “e” is silent

/AY-bəl//ˈeiː.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Abnormal
.– For this word, the “A” is short, the “b” is (usually) stopped, the “o” is long, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æ[b]-NOHR-məl//æ[b].ˈnoɹ.məl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Abort
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “o” is long, and the final “t” is (usually) stopped

/uh-BOHR[T]//ə(ʌ).ˈboɹ[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

Abortion
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “o” is long, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-BOHR-shihn//ə(ʌ).ˈboɹ.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

About
– For this word, the “A” turns into the u-schwa, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/uh-BOW[T]//ə(ʌ).ˈbau[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

Above
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, and the final “e” is silent

/uh-BUHV//ə(ʌ).ˈbə(ʌ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Abreast
.– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/uh-BREHS-[t]//ə(ʌ).ˈbɹɛs.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Abroad (A’broad)
.– For this word, the “A” turns into u-schwa, the “oa” is pronounced like the “aw” combination(this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “d” is a flap-d but (often) stopped

/uh-BRAW[D]//ə(ʌ).ˈbɹɔ[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Absence
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “b” is (sometimes) stopped, and for the “-ence” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æ[B]-sihn-s//ˈæb.sə(ɪ)n.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Absent
– For this word, The “A” is short, the “b” is (almost) stopped, and for the “-ent” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æ[B]-sihn[t]//ˈæ[b].sə(ɪ)n[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Absenteeism
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “b” is (almost) stopped, for the “-ent” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”(this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ism” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, and there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “s” and the “m” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next)(this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æb-sihn-TEE-ih-zəm//æb.sə(ɪ)n.tiː.ə(ɪ).zəm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Absolute
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “b” is (almost) stopped, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “u” is long, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/æb-sə-LOO[T]//æb.sə.ˈlu[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Absolutely
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “b” is (almost) stopped, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “u” is long, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “e” is silent, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/æb-sə-LOO[T]-lee//æb.sə.ˈlu[t].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Absorb
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “b” is (usually) stopped, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “o” is long, and the final “b” is (often) stopped

/uh[b]-ZOHR[B]//ə(ʌ)[b].ˈzoɹ[b]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Absurd
– For this word, the “A” turns into a true-schwa, the “u” disappears, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/əb-S’R[D]//əb.ˈsəɹ[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Abundance
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “u” is short, and for the “-ance” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-BUHN-dihn-s//ə(ʌ).ˈbʌn.də(ɪ)n.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Abuse
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and the final “e” is silent

/uh-BYOUS//ə(ʌ).ˈbjus/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Abusive
– For this word, the “A” turns into a true-schwa, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and for the “-ive” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ə-BYOO-sihv//ə.ˈbju.sə(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter A ) –


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