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  1. #1
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    Four Quick Questions...mostly about -line

    I have four quick pronounciation questions, as the mysterious ending "line" has been puzzling me.

    Please say this name aloud: (I don't want what you think it should be or what most people say. What do you immediately say?)

    Evangeline

    Was it:
    A) i-van-JEL-een
    B) i-VAN-jel-in
    C) i-VAN-je-line (as in the word line)

    Adeline

    Was it:
    A) ADD-ell-in
    B) a-DEL-ine (as in the word line)
    C) a-DEL-een

    Liza (this is just another puzzling one)

    Was it:
    A) lye-ZUH
    B) LEE-zuh
    C) lih-ZUH

    Emmeline

    Was it:
    A) EM-uh-line
    B) em-uh-LYN
    C) EM-uh-leen
    Bonus Question: would you say it differently for Emmaline or Emeline?

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  2. #3
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    Evangeline - A
    Adeline - B
    Eliza - A
    Emmeline - A

    However, for many/most of these, each person pronunces it differently. There is no 'right way', I'm just giving you the most common way.

    Bonus Question: No, I don't think so.

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    Evangeline = ee-van-juh-leen (this is the most common known in my area, and is how it is said in The Princess and the Frog)
    Adeline = Add-i (like in ick) - line (as in the word line)
    Liza = Lye (like the word lie) - zuh (like pizza)
    Emmeline = Em-i (like in ick) - line (as in the word line)

    EDIT:
    Emeline would be the same.

    Emmaline would be: Em-uh (like Emma) - line (as in the word line) basically Emma+line
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  5. #9
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    1. A
    2. C - if you say "ad leen" you will naturally get the short "eh" sound in between words which is most correct.*
    3. A
    4. C

    All of these -line names are technically correctly prn "leen" since they are of French origin and that's how they are said, however English speakers have changed them and now names like Caroline are correctly prn as "line" or "leen", I think Adeline is also considered an "either/or" name but I prefer the "leen" ending.

    I would say Liza as "lie zah" but this name might be either/or, I'm not sure.

    *http://www.forvo.com/word/adeline/#fr
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