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    It seems that the British and Americans pronounce "-ty" differently. A Brit would say "twentee", but a Yankee would say "twendee". Am I right?

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    I can't speak for the AmE pronunciation, but the final syllable in The BrE version is shorter than you have suggested with your 'ee'.

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    PS The large number of Americans, and indeed of US citizens, who aren't 'Yankees' might object...

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    Default Re: Twenty

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidid View Post
    It seems that the British and Americans pronounce "-ty" differently. A Brit would say "twentee", but a Yankee would say "twendee". Am I right?
    Yes, you are right.

    twenty > twendy > twenny > tweny

    nt > nd > nn > n (nasal flapping, etc)

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