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I have always said it like 'io-deen' because whenever 'ine' is used (eg. amine, or fluorine) it is said that way. Sometimes I'm corrected by people who think it should be pronounced 'io-dyne', which is correct?

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    $\begingroup$ youtube.com/watch?v=J_UB6khjYDA $\endgroup$ – manshu Dec 5 '15 at 9:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @manshu but I can't use u tube with my device. $\endgroup$ – Technetium Dec 5 '15 at 9:17
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    $\begingroup$ You might find better answers on English Language & Usage. $\endgroup$ – Loong Dec 5 '15 at 16:18
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @Loong but I don't want to start another site the answers here were fine. $\endgroup$ – Technetium Dec 6 '15 at 2:59
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    $\begingroup$ There may not be any such thing as "correct". Customary is the best you will get and that varies from place to place. Hell, we can't get international agreement on how to pronounce or spell aluminium/aluminum even though the american preference is obviously wrong. ;-) $\endgroup$ – matt_black Jun 10 '16 at 9:30
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Manshu is correct,in British English we pronounce iodine as in seen while in North American English we pronounce it as in mine.

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    $\begingroup$ Some countries use British English as their official language,so depends on which country you live . $\endgroup$ – Sikander Dec 5 '15 at 10:04
  • $\begingroup$ I live in Australia. $\endgroup$ – Technetium Dec 5 '15 at 10:18
  • $\begingroup$ So in British English do they pronounce amine and flourine differently also? $\endgroup$ – Technetium Dec 5 '15 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ No, ine in both words are pronounced as in seen in British English. $\endgroup$ – Sikander Dec 5 '15 at 10:31
  • $\begingroup$ I think it is fine for you to use British English. $\endgroup$ – Sikander Dec 5 '15 at 10:45
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Or we could just use German. In German they do not use the suffix for halogens at all so that "iodine" is just "Jod". Now all we have to remember is that you don't pronounce the long "i", instead using the usual "j"/"y" consonant sound.

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Like the other halogens, iodine is pronounced eye - o - deen (especially by chemists) .

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  • $\begingroup$ Not in the USA. I’m a lifelong chemist and it is as in mine. $\endgroup$ – Ed V Aug 30 at 11:52
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Who are you talking to? To non-chemists (in the US), just say i-oh-dyne.

But if you are talking with chemists, say i-oh-deen.

If you are talking to a mix of chemists and non-chemists, decide which you would like to be classified as.

Or, you could say "element 53".

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Think about how other halogens are pronounced: fluor-een, chlor-een, brom-een, astat-een, and newly named tenness-een. Why would it be io-dyne and not iod-een?

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