how is the prefix "ex" really spoken (UNCLASSIFIED)

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 28 23:00:16 UTC 2010

You can hear 'em at  Click on the flags for audio.  On second listening I hear the first "e" in excess more like an ~e (as in "bet") than an ~a.  Certainly it's an ~a (as in "hat") for "access".  Having listened to a bunch of words with "ex" prefixes I thought the "e" in "excess" seemed different trending toward ~a rather than ~e.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see phonetic spelling

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>> ~aks was the pronunciation for both USA and UK for one word, "excess"
>> ~akses
> How was "access" pronounced? The same as "excess"?
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