how to pronounce proper


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the above transcription of proper 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.

proper is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of proper in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… change into something more proper and on …”

meaning of proper

Proper means according to rules or standards.

proper frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word proper occurs in english on average 52.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics proper can be related to

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 proper can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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