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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2019, 03:30:20 PM »
I’ve always pronounced it PRY-mer. Except when referring to an educational booklet,  in which case its PRIM-er. But that may be because the first time I heard that word it was mispronounced. But it stuck.

Same here:  short „i“ for an introductory text; long „i“ for everything else.  That happens to correspond to the American Heritage Dictionary:

https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=Primer&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

Here in the good ole US of A, I've often heard the word "primer" pronounced with a short "i" (/ɪ/) when referring to an introductory book, but never in any other context.

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #46 on: March 08, 2019, 12:24:41 AM »
How do you vote in the prImary?

Or was that a prihmery?

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #47 on: March 08, 2019, 09:51:02 AM »
How do you vote in the prImary?

Or was that a prihmery?

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #48 on: March 08, 2019, 10:42:25 AM »
Prim, primmer, primmest.

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #49 on: March 08, 2019, 12:25:19 PM »
Prim, primmer, primmest.

Related to prop, proper, proppest.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #50 on: March 08, 2019, 04:22:37 PM »
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #51 on: March 11, 2019, 09:00:38 PM »
It is just a matter of pronunciation. Pr-I-mer and pr-im-er are both common. Both have their arguments. A primer is something to prime. On the same note the r could tie up the e. Both make as much sense as anything else in English. Hech English come from the word Angles.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2019, 10:46:40 PM »
As I pointed out previously, there are some rules of thumb that apply to most English words. One of them is that a double consonant makes the preceding vowel short. In general, it is safe to assume this when learning the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word.

For example, consider the fake word "blidder", which I just made up. It would be reasonable to pronounce the i as short. That's the assumption. It would seem weird to say it with a long i.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2019, 01:25:06 AM »
As I pointed out previously, there are some rules of thumb that apply to most English words. One of them is that a double consonant makes the preceding vowel short. In general, it is safe to assume this when learning the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word.

For example, consider the fake word "blidder", which I just made up. It would be reasonable to pronounce the i as short. That's the assumption. It would seem weird to say it with a long i.

It’s the same in German.  ‘Wir’ and ‘Star’ have long vowels.  ‘Wirr’ and ‘starr’ have short vowels.

I’m not certain whether it’s because German and English have common origins (probably not).  But it would go along with ‘primmer’ ( with the ‘i’ being short) being pronounced differently to ‘primer.’
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #54 on: March 12, 2019, 01:45:40 AM »
On the same note the r could tie up the e.

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #55 on: March 12, 2019, 02:25:09 AM »
On the same note the r could tie up the e.

What in the world does this mean?

Something to do with a rhotic/non-rhotic r perhaps? The Australian (and Bostonian) accents have non-rhotic r, so when I say I pronounce it "Pry-mer" I'm really saying I pronounce it "Pry-ma". The e and the r are "tied up" because they are not separate.
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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #56 on: March 12, 2019, 05:57:10 PM »
On the same note the r could tie up the e.

What in the world does this mean?

In my elementary grammatical understanding, I took it to mean remove the "e" from its role of making the "i" the long sound, and instead sticking with the r to make the "er" sound, leaving the "i" with the short sound.

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #57 on: March 12, 2019, 06:27:17 PM »
On the same note the r could tie up the e.

What in the world does this mean?

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Re: How do you pronounce "primer"?
« Reply #58 on: March 12, 2019, 09:01:57 PM »
On the same note the r could tie up the e.

What in the world does this mean?

In my elementary grammatical understanding, I took it to mean remove the "e" from its role of making the "i" the long sound, and instead sticking with the r to make the "er" sound, leaving the "i" with the short sound.

Yeah, but I'm pretty sure that's not a real thing.  It's just gibberish.
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