Talk:been

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English homophones[edit]

At the time of writing, bin and Ben are listed as homophones. I believe the respective IPA spellings of these word are: /bɪn/ , /bɛn/ . However, the only phonetic spellings (US) given for been are /ˈbɪn/ and /bɪn/. Thus it seems that Ben is not a homophone, except in certain dialects (i.e. the pin/pen merger). Attys 18:43, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Or the phonetic spellings are incomplete. Personally, my strong/stressed pronunciation of this word is /bɛn/; it's a homophone of Ben but not of bin, which are not merged in my dialect. —Angr 16:41, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

US pronunciations[edit]

It should be possible to combine the stressed and unstressed US pronunciations, if the only difference is that the stressed pronunciation is stressed. We don't usually indicate stress (with marks) in the transcription of monosyllabic words, though I can understand why it's done in the UK transcription, where more than just the stress differs (the vowel length also differs). - -sche (discuss) 08:56, 4 July 2012 (UTC)