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You're right. "tending toward tseirei" is exactly equivalent to the shva that you already heard about. When a shva is in the beginning of a word, it sounds very similar to a tseirei, just quicker. That's probably what the Bach meant by "tending toward tseirei". A semi-proof for this we see in Mishna Berura (same place) where he says: ... וגם בנקודת ...

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