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Pronunciation of unstressed adjective endings

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To my ear unstressed feminine adjective endings for prepositional, genitive, etc. (i.e. not nominative and accusative which are different), sound the same as unstressed male nominative endings. I think they should be different - the 'ой' should be pronounced like the 'ай' in 'чай' cause it's not stressed and 'ый' doesn't really reduce.

But to me, for instance, the 'ой' in: с любимой собакой sounds exactly like the 'ый' in лыбимый шарф

Can just not hear the difference, or do they really reduce to the same sound unstressed?
asked Jan 18, 2013 by tpac (230 points)

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Hi tpac,

Actually, there´s a difference between с любимой собакой and любимый шарф. In the first one, "o" is pronounced not exactly as a stressed "a" in 'чай', it´s kind of a mixture between "a" and "э"(it always happens with unstressed os). In the second one it´s an "ы" and it´s pronounced as an "ы".

The problem is that when we speak fast, we don´t articulate every sound, so probably that´s why you don´t hear this difference.

Kind regards,

Yulia Amlinskaya,

Russian Language Teacher.
answered Jan 18, 2013 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)
selected Jan 18, 2013 by tpac
Thanks for your help. Trying to figure out how to say the difference is the hardest part!