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francophile9

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What is the correct pronunciation for 时候 (as in 什么时候) in 普通话? Is it shíhòu or shíhou? I mean, which pronunciation should I use if I wanted to take the test for 普通话?
 
  • SuperXW

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    I'll just copy my answer for similar questions here.

    General knowledge for most "neutral tones/light tones/zeroth tones" (the same thing, Pinyin without any tone mark):
    1. Using it or not depends on regional or personal habits. Southerners generally use less neutral tone. It won't matter too much in real life.
    2. The neutral tone usually sounds less formal than other four tones.
    3. The forth tone is the closest to the light tone. Sometimes a native speaker cannot distinguish them, and may pronounce a vague tone in-between.
     
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    SuperXW

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    If I am not mistaken, shíhòu would be considered wrong or at least very weird in the North.
    I think we've gone through enough discussion about this "neutural sound" issue. You've raised the same question under 父亲/休息/这里 threads, and got planty of explanations already. You've tried to link 儿化音 posts to this issue too.
    I don't know why you still insist claiming "not using neutural tone is wrong/unacceptable in North" under every neutural tone threads, after so many people explained you the fact.
    I will stop doing so if I were you. It's almost like you are stirring up things intentionally.

    你已经在多个涉及轻声的条目下,提出同样的问题,并反复提及“北方人只允许轻声,不接受其它音调”。我和网友已从多个角度多番解释,你仍然要找出其它轻声词条再次提出类似言论。
    我认为同样的问题或歪曲的认知,不宜再作讨论。
     
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