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    R pronunciation in "never eat", etc.

    Hi, everybody.
    I am interested in whether last r in the word followed by another word starting with vowel is pronounced or not. Like in a phrase "never eat".
    I am confusing that because sometimes I do hear r but at the other times I don't.
    Please, explain it.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: R pronunciation in "never eat", etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi, everybody.
    I am interested in whether last r in the word followed by another word starting with vowel is pronounced or not. Like in a phrase "never eat".
    I am confusing that because sometimes I do hear r but at the other times I don't.
    Please, explain it.
    Thanks in advance.
    Some speakers reduce /r/ to schwa (the sound in the), which is when you don't hear it at all, others devoice /r/ (neverh eat), which is when it's hard to hear, and yet others maintain it across the word boundary in fast speech (never reat), which is when it's easy to hear.

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    Re: R pronunciation in "never eat", etc.

    Thanks for your reply, Lauralie.
    As far as I understood I may use all the variants since English isn't my mother tongue. Its seems that the last variant is widely spread in US. Am I right?

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    Re: R pronunciation in "never eat", etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Its seems that the last variant is widely spread in US. Am I right?
    All three are common, even from the same speaker.

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