Learn how to pronounce the words COMBINE & COMBINE with this American English heteronym pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled exactly the same. They just have a different pronunciation and a different meaning.


Noun: KOM-bin /ˈkɑmbaɪn/

Verb: kum-BIN /kəmˈbaɪn/


Noun: a threshing machine

Verb: to put together


Hello Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your heteronym lesson of the week. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but they have different meanings and different pronunciations.

We have a word today. There is our word. And we have two definitions of course. We have combine which is a threshing machine and combine which means to put together.

So let’s start with the sounds that are the same in each word. We have that K and that M. So let’s start with combine. To say this word, you’re going to start with that k sound. Tip of the tongue is low, back of the tongue is pulled high up, air Puffs out of the mouth. Keep your tongue in the same spot and just open your mouth more – oh – for that oh vowel. cah cah

Then close the mouth completely. Lips together air moves out of the nose for the m. com com com

Next we’re going to move to that b – b. Your lips are closed and they open. Air Puffs out. Voice box is on and moving.

Then we’re going to move to the long i. To do that, open wide. Tip of the tongue is low. Back of the tongue is pulled high up. Move to smiling lips as the tongue flattens out – I.

Keep going with that tongue. Touch the tongue to the back of the top front teeth, specifically, to where the teeth meet the skin on the roof of the mouth for the n – nnnnn. Air moves out of your nose. bin
com bin
combine combine combine

Yes, I am stressing syllable number one here. Our rule pertains. Syllable number one is typically stressed in nouns and syllable number two in verbs when they are heteronyms. A stressed syllable is louder, longer, and higher; and the unstressed syllable is shorter, softer, and lower.

Next for combine, since syllable number one is unstressed, we’re going to have that short uh sound, the schwa sound in there. cum cum cum

So the difference here is you’re not opening your mouth wide for that oh. It’s just relaxed and open, tongue is relaxed in the middle of the mouth for that short uh. cum cum

And then we’re gonna end again in bin.

But this time the bin is stressed. combine combine combine

So we have
combine combine
combine combine

And now for a sentence:
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