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Difference between voiced and lenis consonants in English

The terms reflect personal terminological preferences regarding certain consonants in English. "Voiced" usually refers to a physical property, that the vocal folds are vibrating during the ...
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Does the IPA have a symbol to mark a letter that can be dropped in pronunciation?

The IPA doesn't have any notations that relate spelling to pronunciation, thus if [ð] can be spelled <th,dh,d>, IPA takes no note of that fact. It only deals in phonetically-interpretable ...
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Do sentences have primary and secondary stresses?

No, this is a common misconception. When considering languages like English, it's a good idea to distinguish from the outset concepts such as 'stress' (in connected speech), 'accent', and 'nucleus' (...
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Does the IPA have a symbol to mark a letter that can be dropped in pronunciation?

There is no official IPA symbol for such a (non-)sound. However, language-specific phonemic transcription systems, which borrow symbols from the IPA, often use a superscript symbol for such omissible ...
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Why does the Portuguese language sound similar to French language to me?

The nasal vowels, like the other replies said, are probably why. The pronouns are also similar. Je, Tu, Il/Elle/On, Nous, Vous, Ils/Elles for French and Eu, Tu, Ele/Ela, Nós, Eles,Elas.
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Do sentences have primary and secondary stresses?

This is a very complex area, "stress" is a feature of syllabic pronounce at the lexical level, a feature of English information structure at the pragmatic level, and a feature of intonation ...
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