The word " the" gets pronounced  with a hard or soft "e" , depending if a word starting with a vowel  follows, correct?

Instead of saying " I saw THUH elephant at the zoo."

Should it  be pronounced  - " I saw THEE elephant at the zoo." ?

..." THEE Umbrella is wet ."

Instead of " THUH umbrella is wet." ?

" I ate THEE apple . "

Instead  of "I ate THUH apple." ?

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  • 1 month ago

    I usually say THUH.

    And is some cases to say THEE sounds strange. "I ate THEE apple", sound funny. Though, "I saw THEE elephants, at THAH zoo." sound the way I would say it.

    I grew up in a poor working class neighborhood. I didn't hear THEE very often.

    @Gypsyfish: right THEE is used for emphasis 

    Source(s): Native American English speaker. But regional and class differences.
  • 1 month ago

    Technically you are correct, but like any word, regional dialect is going to play into how anything is pronounced. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Correct. Right.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, for most speakers. But it's also pronounced "THEE" when it's emphasized. "There are a lot of imitations, but this is THEE best guitar you can buy!" 

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    You'll hear it both ways. It's probably regional.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Correct. Right.

  • Matt
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    this might depend on where you live, I, and everyone I know, says thuh for all the examples you gave, I don't think I ever pronounce it thee 

  • 1 month ago

    I only use soft 'e'

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