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    Default Other pronunciation of "Happen"

    Hi Everybody,

    I am watching the UK TV Programme called "Peep Show", I always hear one of actor pronounces "Happen" as "hpn",in my daily life I just pronounce "Happen" as"hpən". Cos I really want to learn more about the native speaker's spoken english habbit, so I want to know which pronunciation is more common "hpn" or "hpən"? Also is it all english words with "en" at the end, we can ignore the sound of "ə", just pronounce the sound of "n"? Please advise.

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    Default Re: Other pronunciation of "Happen"

    There are many regional variations- you'll hear it said with a silent h too. I'd say it's more common with the schwa.

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    Default Re: Other pronunciation of "Happen"

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi Everybody,

    I am watching the UK TV Programme called "Peep Show", I always hear one of actor pronounces "Happen" as "hpn",in my daily life I just pronounce "Happen" as"hpən". Cos I really want to learn more about the native speaker's spoken english habbit, so I want to know which pronunciation is more common "hpn" or "hpən"? Also is it all english words with "en" at the end, we can ignore the sound of "ə", just pronounce the sound of "n"? Please advise.

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    Can you even say 'happen' without some form of vocalisation between them?
    In words such as 'apnea', it's possible because the /p/ is not released. You can say 'happening' (happnin') this way, but 'happen'?

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    Default Re: Other pronunciation of "Happen"

    In phonetics classes, I could rarely tell the difference between 'syllabic /n/' or 'syllabic /l/' and the ones with schwa. I think the difference is tiny. There is a diacritic for a syllabic consonant, and it does exist in English - /n/ and /l/ at the end of words - but, the difference between it and schwa followed by /n/ and /l/... I have no idea.

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