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Does been have a long e sound?


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August 23, 2013 4:54PM

Not in US English, where it has a short I sound for the EE, as in "bin."

It retains the long E sound in many British English dialects.

Webster's dictionary notes 3 pronunciations - 'bin' with a short I; 'ben' with a short E; and 'been' with a long E. In my experience 'bin' with the short I sound is the most common pronunciation.