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''specific'' and ''specifically''

Neo Saito

Neo Saito


When native speakers use ’’specific’‘or’‘specifically’‘in their conversation,I can’t seem to catch the sound of its first letter’‘S’’.So these words ’’specific’‘or’‘specifically’‘sound to me like ’’pecific’‘or’‘pecifically’’ every time I hear native speakers use these terms in their conversation. Is this responsible for my ears?Maybe so…

02:56 PM Jun 04 2012 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi there!

The “s” is not silent in “specific” or “specifically.” However, the “p” is such a strong sound that perhaps it “takes over” for your hearing. But we definitely do pronounce the s! It may just be very quiet.


04:58 PM Jun 04 2012 |

Neo Saito

Neo Saito


Dear Amy,

Thanks for your response.

I’m glad that I have joined a member of Ebaby!

And I also want to thank for all Ebaby teachers to give me the opportunity to learn english daily conversation.Kiss

12:21 AM Jun 10 2012 |

Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

We are happy to have you!!Smile

08:39 PM Jun 11 2012 |