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    Do "in the car" and "in a car" have the same pronunciation ?

    Dear all,

    How common is "in the car" and "in a car" pronounced with the same pronunciation ?

    according to snl dtth

    Many thanks for you kind explanation / answers

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    Re: Do "in the car" and "in a car" have the same pronunciation ?

    If you listen carefully, they're not exactly the same.

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    Re: Do "in the car" and "in a car" have the same pronunciation ?

    Would you mind writing down the IPA the fast/casual conversation of that video "in the car" and "in a car" ?

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    Re: Do "in the car" and "in a car" have the same pronunciation ?

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,

    How common is "in the car" and "in a car" pronounced with the same pronunciation ?

    according to snl dtth

    Many thanks for you kind explanation / answers
    The allophone you hear in "in the car" is a fronted /n/. It is fronted because /th/ is fronter than /n/.

    n + th = fronted n

    Thats the subtle difference between both pronunciations.

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    Re: Do "in the car" and "in a car" have the same pronunciation ?

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Would you mind writing down the IPA the fast/casual conversation of that video "in the car" and "in a car" ?

    Many thanks
    /ɪnšəkɑ:/ In the car (note you add -r/ at the end for AmE and other rhotic regions).
    /ɪnəkɑ:/ In a car (same note).

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