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Pronunciation of Are

Pronunciation details of Are

How is Are pronounced?

International Phonetic Alphabet coded:

  • are = ɑːr (/ɑː/r)

Hyphenation of Are

How is Are hyphenated?

  • British and American usage: Are (no hyphenation)

Tongue twisters with Are

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You can use tongue twisters (phrases that are difficult to articulate properly, especially fast) to help with pronunciation of certain words and sounds. Are appears in many tongue twisters:

  • My back black brake blocks are broken.
  • Casual clothes are provisional for leisurely trips across Asia.
  • In pine tar is. In oak none is. In mud eels are. In clay none is.
    (If read fast, it sounds like gibberish.)
  • She sells seashells on the seashore. The seashells she sells are seashore seashells.
  • She sells sea shells on the seashore.
    The seashells she sells are seashells she is sure.
  • There are two minutes difference from four to two to two to two, from two to two to two, too.
  • Fred Threlfall's thirty-five fine threads are finer threads than Fred Threlfall's thirty-five thick threads.
    (by Anthony Nichols)
  • The Smothers brothers' father's mother's brothers are
    the Smothers brothers' mother's father's other brothers.
  • Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore. But if Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore then where are the sea shells Sally sells?
  • A lady sees a pot-mender at work at his barrow in the street.
    "Are you copper-bottoming 'em, man?"
    "No, I'm aluminiuming 'em, Mam."
  • Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
    but Moses supposes erroneously.
    For Moses, he knowses his toeses aren't roses,
    as Moses supposes his toeses to be.
    (Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly in "Singing in the Rain")
  • As he gobbled the cakes on his plate,
    the greedy ape said as he ate,
    the greener green grapes are,
    the keener keen apes are
    to gobble green grape cakes,
    they're great!
    (from Dr. Seuss' O Say Can You Say?)
  • She sells sea shells on the sea shore;
    The shells that she sells are sea shells I'm sure.
    So if she sells sea shells on the sea shore,
    I'm sure that the shells are sea shore shells.
  • Sheila is selling her shop at the seashore
    For shops at the seashore are so sure to lose
    And she’s not so sure of what she should be selling
    Should Sheila sell seashells or should she sell shoes
    (Danny Kaye song, arround 1930)
  • Oh, the sadness of her sadness when she's sad.
    Oh, the gladness of her gladness when she's glad.
    But the sadness of her sadness,
    and the gladness of her gladness,
    are nothing like her madness when she's mad!
  • Now the trees are all groaning in growling, rough gales
    That with thuds and hoarse roaring roll raging around!
    Such leaf-rousing, branch-ruining, ripping, raw wails,
    Such a terrible, thrashing and tree-wrecking sound!
    (by Mark Scrivener)
  • Out in the pasture the nature watcher watches the catcher. While the catcher watches the pitcher who pitches the balls. Whether the temperature's up or whether the temperature's down, the nature watcher, the catcher and the pitcher are always around. The pitcher pitches, the catcher catches and the watcher watches. So whether the temperature's rises or whether the temperature falls the nature watcher just watches the catcher who's watching the pitcher who's watching the balls.
    (by Sharon Johnson)

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See also pronunciation examples for Are You, jay are, You Are, 'Are'are, Odds Are, There Are, We Are Ok, we are..., Are You Ok, we are ok!, We Are One, Who Are We, who we are, are you in?, Chances Are, Here We Are, How Are You, we are back, We' Are You, Who Are We?, and Who Are You.

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