I know this is short for evaluation, as given by an engine, but I don't know how to pronounce it. My guess is simply like the first two syllables of evaluation but I would like to be reassured.

  • Your guess is correct. – NoseKnowsAll Jun 11 '16 at 20:01
  • You can also hear people pronouncing it on YouTube if you do a search – Hack-R Jun 12 '16 at 4:26
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    this is probably better suited for english.stackexchange.com (and this answer is relevant I think) – hkBst Jun 12 '16 at 12:50
  • @hkBst This question should be asked and answered here because only chess players are competent, not linguists. – DrCapablasker Jun 12 '16 at 17:16

To pronounce "eval" it would be: [EE-vahl]

Accent the first syllable

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  • Which syllable is stressed? Is the last syllable like in volleyball? – DrCapablasker Jun 11 '16 at 21:35
  • I was thinking EE-val – Tony Ennis Jun 11 '16 at 22:36
  • To fix notation, to me "vahl" sounds like volley while "val" like valley (like pal). So eval would sound like peepal similar to paypal. Right? – DrCapablasker Jun 12 '16 at 14:31

You pronounce it like the first part of the word "evaluation".

There's actually an internationally standardized way of writing words phonetically which is employed in most modern dictionaries. Meriam-Webster's dictionary also provides links to audible pronunciations of most words, including this one.


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