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    Hello,

    I've the same question too, some English speakers do not pronounce the letter T when it comes at the end of the word like: not, that, but.....they pronounce it nearly as / /bʌə/ if i am not wrong.Is it right?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    I've the same question too, some English speakers do not pronounce the letter T when it comes at the end of the word like: not, that, but.....they pronounce it nearly as / /bʌə/ if i am not wrong.Is it right?
    What many speakers produce is more like a glottal stop than a /ə/ .

    Un fortunately, we would need a whole course in phonetics rather than just one thread to consider how some phonemes are produced by native speakers in a variety of different situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I don't know what you mean by 'soft sounds'.

    The /t/ in 'matter' may be voiced in AmE (and may be glottalised in some dialects of BrE), but I don't see what makes it 'soft'.

    We pronounce /g/ in the words we have been discussing always, and only, in the situations I have described. Whether or not it is pronounced depends on the word itself, and on the dialect of the speaker.
    The person may be referring to the less marked plosive of the American -tt- in "better" and "matter" etc, as compared to RP's nice, strong /t/.

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    Default Re: Letter "T"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    What many speakers produce is more like a glottal stop than a /ə/ .

    Un fortunately, we would need a whole course in phonetics rather than just one thread to consider how some phonemes are produced by native speakers in a variety of different situations.
    Ok, thank you very much.
    So, you said that is more like a glottal stop, I've heard the pronunciation of it in Wikipedia, but it sounds strange to me.
    Glottal stop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Thank you again.

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