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    dina89 is offline Newbie
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    Is often pronounced as (off-hen) or (off-ten) because I heard both of them and they are confusing me too much

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    Dictionaries give both forms as correct. Words can have different pronunciations in different regions/countries.

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    I'll live in the "t" is silent region.

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    I think I say both, but which one I say doesn't rely on context or anything like that. It's just whatever comes out in speech. Either is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dina89 View Post
    Is often pronounced as (off-hen) or (off-ten) because I heard both of them and they are confusing me too much
    oftenˈɒf.ᵊn, -tᵊnˈɑː.fᵊn, ˈɑːf.tᵊn

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    A lot of times, people who enunciate the 't' in 'often' are attempting to appear smart or educated. It's an intentional enunciation. "Offen" is generally accepted as the right way to say it, though, so the attempted show of intelligence strikes one as ironic.

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    both pronunciations are correct

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    Is often pronounced as (off-hen) or (off-ten)? If you remove the 'h' you've added to the first pronunciation, then both [off en] and [off tin] or [off ten] are all correct. The silent 't' is more common in the US and Canadians tend to pronounce it either way. I agree there are some native speakers who pronunce the 't' as a way of impressing others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dina89 View Post
    Is often pronounced as (off-hen) or (off-ten) because I heard both of them and they are confusing me too much
    There are a lot of different pronunciations for "Often", if you would like to know all of them, I suggest you to buy the Oxford or Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, they will show you all different pronunciations for "Often", as I know there are at least 8 different pronunications for "Often"....here are some pronunciation from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, you may take it for references :

    Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition often
    BrE / ˈɒfn /
    NAmE / ˈɔːfn /
    NAmE / ˈɑːfn /
    BrE / ˈɒftən /
    NAmE / ˈɔːftən /
    NAmE / ˈɑːftən /





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