Is "our" correctly pronounced more closely to "hour" or "are"?
As in "Our car crashed."
Edit: Thank you everyone for posting, I think I understand it now.
It depends on where you our. (ba-dum-tis)
Seriously, though, it does change where you are. In parts of the UK and Canada, for example, it sounds like "are", but in other bits of America, it will sound like "hour"...but in other parts of UK/America/Canada(/Australia/Ireland/New Zealand, et cetera), it may sound like either. Or both, sometimes.
If other people around you say "hour", say "hour", and vice versa.
I usually say "are" except for 2 instances:
I want to emphasize the fact that it's our thing. "no, that's ours! (hours)"
the word "are" itself comes before it." "Those are our (hour) towels."
most of the time "are" just seems easiest and saying "are are" sounds weird.
Good luck, hope it helped!
in my opinion as an asian who dont use english as my native language.. English pronounciation is extremely far from the pronounciation of my native language and sometimes i get confused... but i accustomed to use oxford dictionary as my guidance in pronouciation problem. Based on it, "our" pronounced "ɑː(r)" or "aʊə(r)". "Are" is pronounced "ɑː(r)". Then, "Hour" is pronouced "aʊə(r)". So, it can be both.. Please correct me if i am wrong
As an Australian, this is actually the first time I've been conscious of the fact that we're alone in pronouncing 'our' as 'ow'.
Like the word “aunt”, there is more than one correct pronunciation of “our”.
I am English and I mostly say 'are'. If I'm reading something out, or emphasising it, II would say 'hour'
I have quite a 'posh' London accent, so I'm used to saying it like "are". It depends on where you're from. Most people would say it like "hour", I think. :)
I feel like there's not really such a thing as a "correct" pronounciation in a real-world language, except maybe if you stick to a specific dialect and accent. There are standardized rules for the "official" pronounciations in many languages, and if you have no idea where to turn you might as well start with those, but many people will use a different pronounciation which is just as "correct" for their dialect/accent, in that they use it and understand it.
The thing that really matters, unless you're trying to impress people who believe otherwise, is whether you can be understood; so maybe a more useful question is "which of these pronounciations won't confuse a native speaker", and that probably depends on the speaker and the region, but as a native speaker from the American Midwest, I would have no trouble understanding either of those pronounciations.
I would say "'hour' car crashed' to describe whose car was crashed.
I would say "'are' car crashed" to describe what what was crashed.
Pronounced "hour" when said slowly or with emphasis, "are" when said quickly and/or causally
It depends on the whether you want to be technical or not. I'm pretty sure it's close to
hour but a lot of people say it
I'm pretty sure I say 'hour' rather than 'are', but I got that from my mom, who's English. However, I do hear a lot of people say 'are' (especially in school), so, I guess it just depends on where you grew up and who you grew up around. They both mean the same thing; our - it's kind of like 'poe-tay-toe, poe-tah-toe'
Hmm, interesting. I'm English myself, but I would pronounce it as "are". But as you say, potaytoe potahtoe.
It was the only way I could think of explain the difference between the two words.
Given the replies telling you both are correct, my suggestion now would be to come up with several different "our" sentences and speak them out loud. Don't pick which pronunciation you are going with beforehand, but listen to which you say. You might find yourself favouring one over the other, or you might find you use both.
Our and Hour are pronounced the same way. The "h" in hour is silent. Are is pronounced like the letter "r". For example:"are you there?" is pronounced as "r u there?" (Canadian accent) Yes, there are some people who pronounce "our" as "r". But CBC English would probably say "our" as in "hour".
I think either works. I'm from the USA and I've always said "our" like "are," but I know several people who like "hour" or "au-er."
"Our" is pronounced exactly the same way as "hour" (at least in American English. "Are" starts with a completely different vowel sound. It is the same sound that you hear in the "-ar" in words like "far," "bar," "car," and "star."