A country name in Africa

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    Chris Clemens

    We are transcribing a test which contains the following proper name: Benin

    It is found in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It is pronounced Bschwa nin

    Should we use the Be the en and the in.


    The point here is that this is not a foreign language issue at all. The name of a country is not a foreign word. See Formats Rule 1 section 6a(1). Foreign proper names used in an English context are considered to be anglicized. And with all proper names, contraction usage is a matter of judgment. In consultation with Saralyn, we agreed that the BE contraction would be used, based on the pronunciation of similar words and proper nouns.

    Hope this helps.


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