Wednesday, December 12, 2012

preferably: [FINAL DAYS OF DEAL—SEE BELOW] Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Although some US dictionaries now recognize the pronunciation of “preferably” with the first two syllables pronounced just like “prefer”—first E long and the stress on the second syllable—the standard pronunciation is “PREFFerublee,” with the first syllable stressed, just like in “preference.” The alternative pronunciation sounds awkward to some people.

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