Why does "the" sound so different?

When you say the end, it sounds like thee.

When you say the beginning it sounds like the.

The last sound of "the" is different, why is that?

4 Answers

Relevance
  • 2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Not everyone says it as 'thee' in front of a vowel sound. I do, because that's how I learned to say it as a child. I think it sounds better, flows more easily off the tongue.

    Saying 'thuh end' sounds clumsy and makes the person saying it sound uneducated to me. Formal English pronunciation rules call for 'thee' in front of vowel sounds. Of course, formal English pronunciation rules call for many things that many people don't say.

    • Anders2 months agoReport

      I didn't think about wovel and consonants, but now that you mention it that does make sense. Thanks a lot!

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 2 months ago

    The usual pronunciation is "thuh".  However, when the word is followed by another word starting with a vowel, it is pronounced "thee".  It's just sounds better to say thee egg instead of thuh egg. 

    • Login to reply the answers
  • RP
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Before a word starting with a vowel, the is pronounced differently than before a word starting with a consonant.

    • Login to reply the answers
  • 2 months ago

    Karen L. is correct and deserves best answer.

    Some people say "thee" for emphasis. "You are thee most important person in my life."

    • Login to reply the answers
Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.