When is For NOT For?
When is for not for?
I don’t mean the number four /fɔː/ or the word fore /fɔː/ which means front, as in forehead.
I mean the preposition for /fɔː/.
Unbelievably, I have heard teachers, here on YouTube of all places, telling students that the pronunciation of for /fɔː/ is always for /fɔː/.
Yes, sometimes for /fɔː/ is pronounced as for /fɔː/, but only sometimes, not always!
Most of the time for /fɔː/ is pronounced in one of three weak forms which are for /fə/, for /fr/ and /f/, not for /fɔː/.
The reason that for /fɔː/ is pronounced weakly is that it is more often than not a function word.
Function words in English are normally unstressed. Unstressed means that the vowel is not strongly pronounced.
The strong form is undoubtedly for /fɔː/, but the strong form is rarely used.
We tend to use the strong form for /fɔː/ when we are correcting someone or something.
I thought you said this present was from her.
No! I said this present was for /fɔː/ her.
Most of the time we’re going to use one of the three week forms of for /fɔː/.
This video English lesson is for /fə/ people who want to correctly say the word for /fɔː/.
Notice that the first for /fɔː/ was pronounced weakly as for /fə/ unlike the last for which was pronounced for /fɔː/.
When the weak form of for /fɔː/ comes before a word beginning with a vowel, we often hear the weak form for /fr/.
‘Tis because of elision.
Elision is the missing out of sounds in the way I said ‘tis for it is.
Take this sentence for /fr/ instance.
Here I’ve used the prevocalic weak form of for /fɔː/, for /fr/. …for instance…
And finally, the third weak pronunciation of the word for /fɔː/ is for /f/.
I’m all for /f/ listening to the way I say things when I teach pronunciation.
Notice that in that sentence, for /fɔː/ listening, when spoken rapidly, is for /f/ listening.
Thank you for watching this video.
I hope it helped you whether you’re a student or a teacher of English.
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That’s it for /fə/ now, so many thanks.