By Jacqueline Schaalje
Do you say –ine as [in] or as [ain]?
How do you say the word determine. Do you say determain or determeen?
And the thingamagog in the picture. Is this a turbin or a turbain?
I wish I could tell you there are rules for it. But there aren’t. Drives you mad, doesn’t it?
The normal pronunciation rule would be to say –ine as [ain]. The last e of the word is a magic E, so the i should sound [ai]. But it can also sound as [ee] as in see or as [i] in fish.
Watch this video about the pronunciation of –ine, and learn how to say some common words. I’m sure you will some important new vocabulary. Then you can do the exercise in the video. Or do the online quiz to test your knowledge of the meanings of the words.
turbine (American English)
turbine (British English)
Fill in: ursine, alpine, illumine, divine, marine, recline, vaccine, feminine, famine, determine
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