Decoding exercises: "irr"

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mirror /mɪrər/

The letter I in the sequence "irr" normally sounds /ɪ/ in Received Pronunciation (as in mirror), and in derived words it sounds /ɜː/ (as in stirring).

In General American /ɪər/BrE often sounds /ɪr/AmE. See IPA phoneme /ɪə/.

Common words[edit | edit source]

  • As /ɪ/: mirror
  • As /ɪ/BrE /ɜː/:AmE squirrel

Less common words[edit | edit source]

  • As /ɪ/: cirrus, irradiate, irrational, irrefutable, irregular, irrelevant, irresistible, irreverent, irrigate, irritate, irrupt
  • As /ɜ/: stirred, stirring
  • As /ə/: cirrhosis

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