Why do people think the word universe doesn’t start with a long U sound?
The word universe has a vowel sound in it and the last time I checked a Long vowel is the term used to refer to vowel sounds whose pronunciation is the same as its letter name.
- BillLv 73 months agoFavorite Answer
Does anyone pronounce universe any other way? I've been told that if a person mispronounces a word, they probably learned that word by reading.
- 3 months ago
I can't understand where you have heard 'universe' pronounced with any other 'u' sound that the long vowel (the sound of the letter itself). It is pronounced 'YOU-ni-verse'). A short 'u' pronunciation would be 'uh-ni-verse' with the 'u' sound that begins the word 'ugly,' or 'under.'
- bluebellbkkLv 73 months ago
You are rather confused.
The word 'universe' is pronounced 'YOO-nee-verse'. 'Yoo' certainly sounds the same as the letter 'u'.
- HackenbackerLv 73 months ago
How do you explain that there are more vowel sounds than vowel letters? You're barking up the wrong tree, sorry xD
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- GypsyfishLv 73 months ago
It doesn't start with a "u" sound at all. It starts with a "y" sound, with is why you say "a universe" not "an universe". You are not correct that the long sound sounds like saying the name of the letter. A long "u" sounds like "ooooo" as in flute and cute.
- ZirpLv 73 months ago
I have no idea what you mean by "long U". Give some examples
In English, the word starts with a Y-consonant-sound, not an oo-sound
- LaurieLv 73 months ago
If people think that, they are mistaken.
- Karen LLv 73 months ago
I don't know any people who think that. If you do know some, ask them.
- PearlLv 73 months ago
cause theyre not used to the way it sounds
- 3 months ago
Where did you hear that?