– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter P:  Pe ) –


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.

Pe

 

Pa . Ph . Pi . Pl . Po . Pra . Pre . Pri . Pro . Pru-Pry . Ps . Pu . Py

 

Peace
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, the “c” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/pees//piːs/

 

Peaceful (Peace-full)
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, the “c” is soft, the second “e” is silent, and for the “-ful” suffix – the “u” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/PEES-fəl//ˈpiːs.fəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Peak
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “k” is (often) stopped

/pee[k]//piː[k]/

 

Pear
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it)

/payr//peɪɹ/

 

Peasant
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, the “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/PEH-zihn-[t]//ˈpɛ.zihn.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Peasantry
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/PEH-zihn-chree//ˈpɛ.zihn.tʃɹiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pebble
– For this word, the first “e” is short, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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)

/PEH-bəl//ˈpɛ.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pebbles
– For this word, the first “e” is short, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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), the second “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/PEH-bəl-z//ˈpɛ.bəl.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pecan
– For this word, (though many people, especially in Great Britain and the southern United States pronounce this with the short “a” – in The Common Tongue...) the “e” is long, the “c” is hard, and the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”

/pee.kahn//piː.kɑn/ – Notice also that there is no discernible major stress, it can be equally on both, or either of the two –

 

Peculiar
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “c” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “a”, and the “a” disappears

/pə-KYOO-lee-y’r//pə.ˈkju.liː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Peculiarities
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “c” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the first “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “a” is pronounced like The Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the second “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/pə-kyoo-lee-AYR-ih-deez//pə.ˌkju.liː.ˈeɪɹ.ə(ɪ).ɾiːz/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the second syllable and that the main stress is on the fourth syllable

 

Pedagogy
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “d” is a flap-d, the “a” turns into a true-schwa, the first “g” is hard, the “o” is short, the second “g” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/PEH-də-gah-dʒee//ˈpɛ.də.gɑ.dʒiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pedestrians
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the second “e” is short, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/pə-DEHS-chree-ihn-z//pə.ˈdɛs.tʃɹiː.ə(ɪ)n.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Pedigree
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “d” is a flap-d, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “g” is hard, and 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)

/PEH-dih-gree//ˈpɛ.ɾə(ɪ).gɹiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Peel
– For this word, 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 there is a phantom consonant letter “y” and a phantom-schwa in-between the second “e” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next)

/PEE-yəl//ˈpiː.jəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pen
– For this word, the “e” is short

/pehn//pɛn/

 

Pens
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the final “s” is pronounced (almost) like the letter “z”

/pehn-z//pɛn.z/ – Notice also that the “z” ending is acts as a separate syllable

 

Pence
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “c” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/pehn-s//pɛn.s/ – Notice also that the “s” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Pencil
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “c” is soft, and the “i” disappears

/pehn-sl//ˈpɛn.sl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pendulum
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “d” is pronounced like the soft letter “g” (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the first “u” turns into a true-schwa, the second “u” is a u-schwa

/PEHN-dʒə-luhm//ˈpɛn.dʒə.lə(ʌ)m/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Penny
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “nn” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “n” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/PEH-nee//ˈpɛ.niː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pension
– For this word, the “e” is short, for the “-sion” suffix – the “si” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/PEHN-shihn//ˈpɛn.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pensioner
– For this word, the first “e” is short, for the “-sion” suffix – the “si” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/PEHN-shihn-‘r//ˈpɛn.ʃə(ɪ)n.ɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

People
– For this word, the “eo” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “p” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent

/PEE-pəl//ˈpiː.pəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Pepper
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “pp” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “p”, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/PEH-p’r//ˈpɛ.pɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Percent
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “c” is soft, the second “e” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/p’r-SEHN-[t]//pɚ.ˈsɛn[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Percentage
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “c” is soft, the second “e” is short, and for the “-age” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “g” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-SEHN-tih-dʒ//pɚ.ˈsɛn.tə(ɪ).dʒ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the soft “g” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Percentile
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “c” is soft, the second “e” is short, and for the “-ile” suffix – the “i” is long, there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “i” and the “l” (this is the product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-SEHN-tail//pɚ.ˈsɛn.taiːl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Perceptive
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “c” is soft, the second “e” is short, the second “p” is (often) stopped, 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)

/p’r-SEH[P]-tihv//pɚ.ˈsɛ[p].tə(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Perfect (adjective)
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is hard but is (usually) stopped, and the final “t” is (sometimes) stopped

/P’R-fih[ct]//ˈpɚ.fə(ɪ)[kt]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Perfect (verb)
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” is short, the “c” is hard but is (usually) stopped, and the final “t” is (sometimes) stopped

/p’r-FEH[KT]//pɚ.ˈfɛ[kt]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Perfectionist (Perfect-tion-ist)
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” is short, the “c” is hard, for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into a i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ist” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-FEHK-shihn-ihs-[t]//pɚ.ˈfɛk.ʃə(ɪ)n.ɪs.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fifth syllable

 

Perfectly
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is hard but is (often) stopped, the final “t” is (often) stopped, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/P’R-fih[kt]-lee//ˈpɚ.fə(ɪ)[kt]-lee/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Perform
– For this word, the “e” disappears, and the “o” is long

/p’r-FOHR-m//pɚ.ˈfoɹ.m/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “m” ending acts as a second syllable

 

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

/p’r-FOHR-mihn-s//pɚɹ.ˈfoɹ.mə(ɪ)n.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Performances
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “o” is long, for the “-ance” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, the joins with the “-es” ending and so turns into an i-schwa (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/p’r-FOHR-mihn-sihz//pɚ.foɹ.mə(ɪ)n.sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Performer
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “o” is long, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-FOHR-m’r//pɚ.ˈfoɹ.mɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Perfume
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you” and the final “e” is silent

/p’r-FYOUM//pɚ.ˈfjum/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Perhaps
– For this word, the “e” disappears, the “h” is pronounced, the “a” is short, and the “p” is (often) stopped

/p’r-HæP-s//pɚ.ˈhæp.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Period
– For this word, the “e” is long, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “o” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/PEE-ree-ih[d]//ˈpiːɹ.iː.ə(ɪ)[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Periodically
– For this word, the “e” is long, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and the “o” is short, the “d” is a flap-d, for the “-ic” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the “c” is hard but is (sometimes) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ally suffix – the “a” disappears, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/peer-ee-AH-dih[k]-lee//piːɹ.iː.ˈɑ.ɾɪ[k].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the fourth syllable

 

Peripheral
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “i” is short, the “ph” combination is pronounced like the letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the second “e” disappears, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard
pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-IH-f’r-əl//pɚ.ˈɪ.fɚ.əl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Perishes
– For this word, the first “e” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “sh” combination is un-voiced, and the “e” of the “-es” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

/PAYR-ih-shihz//ˈpeɪɹ.ə(ɪ).ʃə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Perks
– For this word, the “e” disappears

/p’r-ks//pɚ.ks/ – Notice also that the “ks” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Permanent
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “a” turns into a true-schwa, 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)

/P’R-mə-nihn-[t]//ˈpɚ.mə.nə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Permission
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the first “i” is short, the first “s” joins with the “-sion” suffix, and for the “-sion” suffix – the “si” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-MIH-shihn//pɚ.ˈmɪ.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Permit (noun)
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/P’R-mih[t]//ˈpɚ.mə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Permit (verb)
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “i” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/p’r-MIH[T]//pɚ.ˈmɪ[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Perpetrator
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “a” is a True Long “A”, the second “t” is a flap-t, the “o” disappears

/P’R-pə-chray-d’r//ˈpɚ.pə.tʃɹeiː.ɾɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Perpetrators
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “a” is a True Long “A”, the second “t” is a flap-t, the “o” disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/P’R-pə-chray-d’rz//ˈpɚ.pə.tʃɹeiː.ɾɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Per Se
– For this term, the first “e” disappears, and the second “e” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

/p’r-SAY//pɚ.ˈseiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Persevere
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” turns into a u-schwa, the third “e” is long, and the final “e” is silent

/p’r-suh-VEER//pɚ.sə(ʌ).ˈviːɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Persistent
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “i” is short, ə ( ɪ )n[t] – , 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)

/p’r-SIHS-tihn-[t]//pɚ.ˈsɪs.tə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Person
– For this word, the “e” disappears, and the “o” turns into a true-schwa

/P’R-sən//ˈpɚ.sən/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Personal
– For this word, the “e” disappears, the “o” turns into a true-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)

/P’R-sə-nəl//ˈpɚ.sən.əl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Personality
– For this word, the “e” disappears, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “a” is short, and for the “-ity” suffix – the “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)

/p’r-sən-æ-lih-dee//pɚ.sən.ˈæ.lə(ɪ).ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Personally
– For this word, the “e” disappears, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, and for the “-ally suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/P’R-sən-ə-lee//ˈpɚ.sən.ə.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Personnel
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “nn” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “n” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “e” is short

/p’r-sən-EHL//pɚ.sən.ˈɛl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Perspective
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the second “e” is short, the “c” is hard but it is (often) stopped, 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)

/p’r-SPEHK-tihv//pɚ.ˈspɛk.də(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Persuade
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “su” combination is pronounced like an “sw” combination, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/p’r-SWAY[D]//pɚ.ˈsweiː[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Persuaded
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “su” combination is pronounced like an “sw” combination, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the first “d” is a flap-d, and since the root-word ends with the letter “d” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/p’r-SWAY-dih[d]//pɚ.ˈsweiː.ɾə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Persuading
– For this word, the “e” disappears, the “su” combination is pronounced like an “sw” combination, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “d” is a flap-d, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing”, or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-SWAY-ding//pɚ.ˈsweiː.ɾɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Persuasion
– For this word, the “e” disappears, the “su” combination is pronounced like an “sw” combination, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-sion” suffix – the “si” combination is pronounced like the voiced version of the “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/p’r-SWAY-zhihn//pɚ.ˈsweiː.ʒə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Persuasive
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, the “su” combination is pronounced like an “sw” combination, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, 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)

/p’r-SWAY-sihv//pɚ.ˈsweiː.sə(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Peru
– For this word, the “e” is pronounced like a True Long “A”, the “r” is a single “rolled” r (which sounds exactly like the flad-d or flap-t) and the “u” is long (This is NOT the standard pronunciation of this country-name in English, but one of the main principles of The Common Tongue is that – names of people, places, and things – from other countries and cultures should be pronounced as closely to the way the natives of that culture pronounce it.)

/pay-ROO//pe.ˈɾu/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Peruvian
– For this word, the “e” is pronounced likea True Long “A”, the “r” is a single “rolled” r (which sounds exactly like the flad-d or flap-t) and the “u” is long, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and the “a” turns into an i-schwa (This is NOT the standard pronunciation of this country-name in English, but one of the main principles of The Common Tongue is that – names of people, places, and things – from other countries and cultures should be pronounced as closely to the way the natives of that culture pronounce it.)

/pay-ROO//pe.ˈɾu/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Pessimism
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “i” turns into an -i-schwa, and for the “-ism” suffix – and the “i” is an i-schwa, the “s” is pronounce almost like the letter “z”, and there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “s” and the “m” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/PEH-sə-mih-zəm//ˈpɛ.sə.mə(ɪ).zəm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Pessimist
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “i” turns into a u-schwa, and for the “-ist” suffix – and the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/PEH-sə-muhs-[t]//ˈpɛ.sə.mə(ʌ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Pet
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/peh[t]//pɛ[t]/

 

Petrol
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the “o” is long

/PEH-chrohl//ˈpɛ.tʃɹol/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Petroleum
– For this word, the first “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “o” is long, the second “e” is long, and the “u” turns into a u-schwa

/pih-TROH-lee-uhm//pə(ɪ).ˈtʃɹo.liː.ə(ʌ)m/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter P ) –


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