# Pronunciation of “alkene” vs. “alkyne”

Maybe this is better in English.SE, but I think I'm more likely to get better responses here in the "industry" site. This post got me thinking; how do you pronounce "alkyne" (a hydrocarbon with a carbon-carbon triple bond) differently enough from "alkene" (a hydrocarbon with a carbon-carbon double bond) to differentiate the two in spoken conversation? They're obviously spelled differently and so can be separated in the literature, but I can't find a satisfactory pronunciation for either that isn't "al-keen".

• Unfortunately due to the font, your uppercase $I$ in "long I sound" looks confusingly like a lowercase $l$! Just making it clear for anyone else. Maybe I'm the only one who was a bit lost for a couple of minutes. – Nicolau Saker Neto Apr 30 '13 at 2:27