Normally, we pronounce the with a short sound like "thuh". But when the comes before a vowel sound , we pronounce it as a long "thee". It is important to understand that it is what we say that matters, not what we write. It is the sound that matters, not the letter used in writing a word. So we use a long "thee" before a vowel sound , not necessarily before a vowel. Look at these cases:.
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Received pronunciation , commonly abbreviated as RP , is a once prestigious variety of British English spoken without an identifiable regional dialect. Standard British English is sometimes used as a synonym. The term received pronunciation was introduced and described by phonetician Alexander Ellis in his book "Early English Pronunciation"