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Wonderful, John! I'm very happy to hear from you again.
Nice to hear from you, John. I shall order a copy.I'm looking forward to reading about charted/chartered. I'm not sure whether they are homophones for me. "Charted" would definitely be /tʃa:təd/. In "Chartered", the second vowel might be slightly longer (especially if I'm stressing the word) and I'm not sure whether it belongs with my /ə/ or my NURSE vowel. The dilemma is whether to give [əˑ] to /ə/ or to /ə:/?
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That is cool to hear that,i am so glad to book it.
from 17 Aug 2009