Is it common to pronounce "the" as "D(ði)" not "the(ðə)" even though "the" is not used before vowel sound?
Great question! Normally, "the" is pronounced with a long vowel "(ðə)" unless it is used before a vowel sound, in which it is almost always pronounced with a short vowel "(ði)". However, American English speakers don't always follow this rule like other English speakers. For example, the word "the" is often pronounced as "(ði)" with a short vowel when emphasizing something, even if "the" doesn't come before a vowel sound. Ex: This cup of tea is the ("ði") best tea I have ever had. But in the case of the dialogue in the video, the short vowel pronunciation of "the" is not used for emphasis. Instead is likely due to slang and incorrect grammar which is common in modern-day English.
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