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The words finite and infinite

Logical-Master
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1/23/2010 11:37:44 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
How do you pronounce them?

I notice most people pronounce infinite as "EN-FENNETT" whereas they pronounce finite as "THIGH-KNIGHT." What's up with that?
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1/23/2010 11:43:31 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 11:37:44 AM, Logical-Master wrote:
How do you pronounce them?

I notice most people pronounce infinite as "EN-FENNETT" whereas they pronounce finite as "THIGH-KNIGHT." What's up with that?

lol, that's the english language. Though I thought it was "fi-night" (like sci-"FI")
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1/23/2010 11:54:10 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
INFINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...

FINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Should play the pronunciation for you if you push the red speaker after the word.
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1/23/2010 11:57:56 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
finite: fai-night
infinite: in-fih-nit
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1/23/2010 11:58:06 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 11:54:10 AM, Vi_Veri wrote:
INFINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...

FINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...


Should play the pronunciation for you if you push the red speaker after the word.

Naw, mine just tries to download the sound file, it doesn't play it.

But really, does it matter? As long as you person you are talking to knows what you meant without having to further explain yourself, then the communication was successful.
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1/23/2010 10:30:11 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 11:37:44 AM, Logical-Master wrote:
How do you pronounce them?

I notice most people pronounce infinite as "EN-FENNETT" whereas they pronounce finite as "THIGH-KNIGHT." What's up with that?

I would say...
In-fuh-nit. (but quickly, so I guess it sounds like in-feh-neht)
Figh (rhymes with high)-knight.

I've got a question if the OP doesn't mind.. My friend and I have been arguing over how to pronounce "vague". Is it with a short vowel sound "ah" or long vowel sound "aye"?
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1/23/2010 10:31:49 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:30:11 PM, TulleKrazy wrote:

I've got a question if the OP doesn't mind.. My friend and I have been arguing over how to pronounce "vague". Is it with a short vowel sound "ah" or long vowel sound "aye"?

aye

vahg sounds funny
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1/23/2010 10:31:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:30:11 PM, TulleKrazy wrote:
At 1/23/2010 11:37:44 AM, Logical-Master wrote:
How do you pronounce them?

I notice most people pronounce infinite as "EN-FENNETT" whereas they pronounce finite as "THIGH-KNIGHT." What's up with that?

I would say...
In-fuh-nit. (but quickly, so I guess it sounds like in-feh-neht)
Figh (rhymes with high)-knight.

I've got a question if the OP doesn't mind.. My friend and I have been arguing over how to pronounce "vague". Is it with a short vowel sound "ah" or long vowel sound "aye"?

Long vowel sound "aye."

Vay-gue.
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1/23/2010 10:36:23 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Funny you should bring this up. I had always pronounced finite "fin-it" until just a few months ago when it came up in a lunch-table discussion with Tyler (crackofdawn) and two other people that have accounts on this site but haven't done anything with them. Since then, I've struggled to change this pronunciation habit. I still say "fin-it", though I know I'm wrong.
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1/23/2010 10:37:10 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:36:23 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Funny you should bring this up. I had always pronounced finite "fin-it" until just a few months ago when it came up in a lunch-table discussion with Tyler (crackofdawn) and two other people that have accounts on this site but haven't done anything with them. Since then, I've struggled to change this pronunciation habit. I still say "fin-it", though I know I'm wrong.

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1/23/2010 10:40:02 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I say "vahgue". But I have a Canadian accent so it still sort of sounds like "vaygue". I can't explain it. I pronounce "Mary" "merry" and "marry" the exact same way. So the short "a" in "marry" still sounds like "mare-ee". Vowels are so weird lol
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1/23/2010 10:42:04 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:36:23 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Funny you should bring this up. I had always pronounced finite "fin-it" until just a few months ago when it came up in a lunch-table discussion with Tyler (crackofdawn) and two other people that have accounts on this site but haven't done anything with them. Since then, I've struggled to change this pronunciation habit. I still say "fin-it", though I know I'm wrong.

I say pronounce it however you want!! Keep people guessing as to where you come from lol
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1/24/2010 3:24:51 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:36:23 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Funny you should bring this up. I had always pronounced finite "fin-it" until just a few months ago when it came up in a lunch-table discussion with Tyler (crackofdawn) and two other people that have accounts on this site but haven't done anything with them. Since then, I've struggled to change this pronunciation habit. I still say "fin-it", though I know I'm wrong.

I pronounce them similar, as well.

It seems so crazy to warp the pronunction of a word by adding "in-" to it. Kind of like "omnipotent" warped so that it's not just "omni-" and "potent."
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1/25/2010 6:46:07 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Fainaite. Thats how i pronounce finite. Although it would be fun to pronounce it "Fineet". In-fin-it would be how one should pronounce infinite. Its in the words.
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1/25/2010 3:55:46 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Fie-night. In-fin-et. Vay-g. Even though I'm an English teacher, I don't buy much of the to-may-toe tom-ah-toe crap. :)

I had a student once who had the most random mispronunciations ever. Like, mah-sculine. He also pronounced wanton the adjective like wanton the delicious Chinese dumpling. It was pretty funny. He still does the wanton thing.
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1/25/2010 4:12:42 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I say fin-it. It makes much more sense to me.
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1/26/2010 9:50:52 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:40:02 PM, TulleKrazy wrote:
I say "vahgue". But I have a Canadian accent so it still sort of sounds like "vaygue". I can't explain it. I pronounce "Mary" "merry" and "marry" the exact same way. So the short "a" in "marry" still sounds like "mare-ee". Vowels are so weird lol

lol That's a mid-western thing, too. My girlfriend use to make fun of me when we first started talking to one another because she's from New York where they differentiate between "Merry" and "Marry," and here in the mid-west we just say "Merry" for both of them. lol I've developed a lot of New Yorker speaking habits from her and differentiate the two now :p
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1/26/2010 11:03:37 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 11:54:10 AM, Vi_Veri wrote:
INFINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...

FINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...


Should play the pronunciation for you if you push the red speaker after the word.

That Merriam-Webster audio pronunciation tool is faulty.

I tried the words below and it got them all wrong.

It pronounced "garage" as "garaash" instead of "garidge"

It pronounced "vitamin" as "vite-a-min" instead of "vit-a-min"

It pronounced "schedule" as "skedule" instead of "shedule"

It pronounced "route" as "rowt" instead of "root"

Worst of all, it not only pronounced "aluminium" as "aloo-min-um" instead of "ala-min-ium" but it spelt it wrong as well!
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1/26/2010 11:05:20 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/23/2010 10:36:23 PM, wjmelements wrote:
Funny you should bring this up. I had always pronounced finite "fin-it" until just a few months ago when it came up in a lunch-table discussion with Tyler (crackofdawn) and two other people that have accounts on this site but haven't done anything with them. Since then, I've struggled to change this pronunciation habit. I still say "fin-it", though I know I'm wrong.

It's the backwoods Texan accent.
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1/26/2010 11:07:18 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 11:03:37 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 1/23/2010 11:54:10 AM, Vi_Veri wrote:
INFINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...

FINITE: http://www.merriam-webster.com...


Should play the pronunciation for you if you push the red speaker after the word.


That Merriam-Webster audio pronunciation tool is faulty.

I tried the words below and it got them all wrong.

It pronounced "garage" as "garaash" instead of "garidge"

It pronounced "vitamin" as "vite-a-min" instead of "vit-a-min"

It pronounced "schedule" as "skedule" instead of "shedule"

It pronounced "route" as "rowt" instead of "root"

Worst of all, it not only pronounced "aluminium" as "aloo-min-um" instead of "ala-min-ium" but it spelt it wrong as well!

It also depends on what region you live in, as to how your pronounce different words.

Many of those that you listed, it pronounced perfectly for where I live. There is no one "right" way.
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