how to pronounce alternation


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the above transcription of alternation 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.

alternation is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of alternation in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… biological alternation and there were …”

meanings of alternation


  1. Ablaut.
  2. A construct in a regular expression that can match any of several specified subexpressions.
  3. The "inclusive or" truth function.
  4. A type of partial truncation of a polygon, polyhedron or tiling in which alternate vertices are removed.
  5. The reciprocal succession of (normally two) things in time or place; the act of following and being followed by turns; alternate succession, performance, or occurrence.
  6. A sequence that alternates between positive and negative values; sometimes incorrectly used to mean permutation.
  7. The response of the congregation speaking alternately with the minister.
  8. A pattern by which more than one construct is possible, as with "Alice cooked Bob dinner" and "Alice cooked dinner for Bob".

alternation frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word alternation occurs in english on average 1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics alternation 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 alternation can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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