The sound /iy/ is a high, front, tense vowel
This vowel is usually stressed, as in these words:
However, /iy/ can also be unstressed.
In an unstressed syllable, /iy/ is pronounced quickly
This is most common at the end of a word.
- “ee” – beef, week
- “ea” – each, reason
- “ie” – believe, chief
- “ei” – receive, seize
- “i” – ski, taxi
- “y” (unstressed) – busy, lovely
An unstressed /iy/ is part of some suffixes.
The suffix "-ly" is common in adverbs.
The suffix “-y” is common in adjectives.
both high, front vowels. However, /ɪ/ is
pronounced with a relaxed tongue and /iy/ is pronounced
with a tightened tongue.
You can hear the difference between /iy/ and /ɪ/ in
1. A. leased, B. list
2. A. read, B. rid
3. A. beat, B.
4. A. leave, B. live
5. A. teen, B. tin
6. A. steal,
Now, compare /iy/ with /ey/
are both front, tense vowels. However, /iy/ is
pronounced with a high tongue and /ey/ is pronounced
with a mid tongue.
You can hear the difference between /iy/ and /ey/ in
1. A. see, B. say
2. A. meek, B. make
3. A. bees, B.
4. A. veal, B. veil
5. A. peer, B. pair
leader, B. later
Listen and repeat these words:
Now, practice /iy/ in sentences. Say the words first, then
1. see – green – tree
Do you see the green
2. he - seemed – mean
He seemed to mean it was
3. very - pleased – meet
very pleased to meet you.
4. happy – receive –
pretty - tee-shirt
I was happy to receive a
5. eat – meat
They eat special meat for Easter.
– dream – easily
When you sleep, do you dream easily?
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