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the above transcription of keys is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.
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An example use of keys in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… so what are the keys to unlocking the …”
the word keys occurs in english on average 21.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that keys can be often used in the following areas:
1) communication, information, and media;