How is the word `embarrass’ pronounced?

The first syllable is like the `im’ in `him’, `slim’, and `Kim’; the following `a’, which has the main stress, is pronounced like the `a’ in `cat’, `bat’, and `hat’. The final `a’ is like the `a’ in `china’. When you do something that you are ashamed of, you say that you are embarrassed by what you did. The word can also be used to mean nervous or uncomfortable.

Examples: Shantha gave an embarrassed smile when she spilt orange juice on her friend’s new carpet. *The questions that the psychiatrist asked embarrassed Jai’s daughter.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – August 21, 2006.


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