How do americans pronounce inquiry?

why Do Americans don't pronounce it as the dictionaries say ?

second syllable stress or first syllable stress ??

Thanks in advance!

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  • Lili
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Americans may pronounce it either way.  We have a very big country, a large population, and a lot of regional and ethnic differences in the pronunciations of many words.

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  • 1 month ago

    In-qua-ree.  Some pronounce it 'in-quIre-ee,' which is basically saying the word 'inquire' with a long 'e' (ee) sound at the end,

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  • 1 month ago

    On the first day of my freshman year, one of the professors happened to mention that "inquiry" should be pronounced "in-QUIRE-ree."

    I looked it up and never pronounced it "IN-que-ree" again.

    A couple of years later, one of my Bio professors told us that "abdomen" is pronounced "ab-DO-men," but I was no longer so impressionable, and I didn't care.

    But I read somewhere that it doesn't make any sense to pronounce "envelope" with a French first syllable and an English last syllable."ON-vee-lope" doesn't make any sense, and even "ON-vee-lop" has no reason to be in French

    According to whatever it was that I was impressionable about, it should be EN-vee-lope," and that's how I always say it.

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  • 1 month ago

    In my experience, Americans generally say 'IN-quir-ee', with the stress on the first syllable.

    British people generally say 'in- QUIRE-ee'.

    • Lili
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      1 month agoReport

      It depends on where you are in the US or where the speaker was raised.

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  • RP
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    1 month ago

    While I'm aware of other pronunciations, often mispronunciations, it is pronounced in-quih-ree, accent on the first syllable.

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  • Zirp
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    1 month ago
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  • 1 month ago

    Which dictionaries? Dictionary.com gives two possible pronunciations- one with 4 syllables and the stress on the second, and one with 3 syllables and the stress on the first.

    in-kwahyuhr-ee, in-kwuh-ree

    Both are acceptable in American English. 

    • JustSassy1 month agoReport

      There aren't four syllables in the word, no matter what way you slice it up.

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  • Elle
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Your request has been denied. We don't cater to the likes of you.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "ING-kwer-ree," not "in-KWY-ree."

    • Namito
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      IN-kewr-ee   but yeah, the first syllable.

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