When is for not for? - Learn English

Your video will begin in 15
Skip (5)

Thanks! Share it with your friends!

You disliked this video. Thanks for the feedback!

Added by admin
16 Views
Learn more at https://britlish.com/book/interactive-ipa-chart-2/
I don’t mean the number four /fɔː/ or the word fore /fɔː/ which means front, as in forehead.
I mean the preposition for /fɔː/.
Unbelievably, I have heard teachers, here on YouTube of all places, telling students that the pronunciation of for /fɔː/ is always for /fɔː/.
Yes, sometimes for /fɔː/ is pronounced as for /fɔː/, but only sometimes, not always!
Most of the time for /fɔː/ is pronounced in one of three weak forms which are for /fə/, for /fr/ and /f/, not for /fɔː/.
The reason that for /fɔː/ is pronounced weakly is that it is more often than not a function word.
Function words in English are normally unstressed. Unstressed means that the vowel is not strongly pronounced.
The strong form is undoubtedly for /fɔː/, but the strong form is rarely used.
We tend to use the strong form for /fɔː/ when we are correcting someone or something.
I thought you said this present was from her.
No! I said this present was for /fɔː/ her.
Most of the time we’re going to use one of the three week forms of for /fɔː/.
This video English lesson is for /fə/ people who want to correctly say the word for /fɔː/.
Notice that the first for /fɔː/ was pronounced weakly as for /fə/ unlike the last for which was pronounced for /fɔː/.
When the weak form of for /fɔː/ comes before a word beginning with a vowel, we often hear the weak form for /fr/.
‘Tis because of elision.
Elision is the missing out of sounds in the way I said ‘tis for it is.
Take this sentence for /fr/ instance.
Here I’ve used the prevocalic weak form of for /fɔː/, for /fr/. …for instance…
And finally, the third weak pronunciation of the word for /fɔː/ is for /f/.
I’m all for /f/ listening to the way I say things when I teach pronunciation.
Notice that in that sentence, for /fɔː/ listening, when spoken rapidly, is for /f/ listening.
Thank you for watching this video.
I hope it helped you whether you’re a student or a teacher of English.
If you liked it, for /fə/ my sake do the usual YouTube stuff of clicking the like button, sharing it with your friends, subscribing to this channel, and leaving a comment.
That’s it for /fə/ now, so many thanks.
Category
Language Science & Education

Post your comment

Comments

Be the first to comment