As a non-native speaker, I often hear the word ‘been’ pronounced as
/biːn/ as I expect from the double ‘ee’.
The phonetic transcritpion in the MacMillan dictionary is
/biːn/ for the British entry, but in the American entry is
/bɪn/. Nonetheless, when I heard that word pronounced in British English in sentences such as ‘I could've been…’ or ‘I've been…’, it sounds to me as
- It's this the correct way to pronunce it?
- It's always in this way or there are cases or exceptions?
- Does it happen the same in other verbs like ‘seen’?, e.g. ‘I've seen things’.