The letter combinations eil (at the end of a word) and eill (almost anywhere*) have no English equivalent: they are pronounced like the short e in "let" plus a "y" sound. The IPA spelling is [ɛj], and the Lawless phonetic spelling is [ehy].
followed by é
(as in the past participle veillé
) or by er
(in the infinitive veiller
) is pronounced [ej] but the y sound is transferred to the next syllable: [e je]. See lesson on e
to learn the difference between [ɛ] and [e].
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