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お prefix + う (pronunciation)

Davide92

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Hi everybody, I apologize if this question has already been asked, but couldn't find it... How should one pronounce the combination of the お prefix with a word beginning with う (for example, お生まれ (になる) ? Are they distinct as in う or fused together into a long о̄? My guess would be that they stay distinct.

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The former - distinct. To think of it - even more distinct than in 追う
 

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Bit of a related question: I've found the form 喘いで and I was wondering: is it a long /e/ or two disinct vowels?
 

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Both are possible. It's different depending on the person.
 
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