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    When do the british pronounce r?

    For example,ka: or ka:r
    and how is it pronounced?

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    Most speakers of British English pronounce the word 'car' as /kɑ:/ except when it is followed immediately by a vowel sound, as in 'My car is in the garage', when they pronounce it /kɑ:r/

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    But, if I'm right, in accents from the south of England, the "r" in "car" is not silent, even it's not followed by a vowel sound. I believe Stephen Merchant talks like this, and he's from Bristol.

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    "Many dialects of English, including General American, most types of Irish English, Standard Scottish English, and much of the rural south and south-west of England, retain the earlier post-vocalic (both pre-consonantantal and pre-pausal) usage of /r/, distinguishing between RP homphones such as pour/paw; court/caught."

    Cruttenden, Alan (2001) Gimsons's Pronunciation of English, London: Arnold

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    And another simple answer: they pronounce it as well when it is initial (run, raw, real) and in consonant clusters (strong, bring, frown).

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "Many dialects of English, including General American, most types of Irish English, Standard Scottish English, and much of the rural south and south-west of England, retain the earlier post-vocalic (both pre-consonantantal and pre-pausal) usage of /r/, distinguishing between RP homphones such as pour/paw; court/caught."

    Cruttenden, Alan (2001) Gimsons's Pronunciation of English, London: Arnold
    I completely forgot that Northern-Ireland and Scotland were also part of Britain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I completely forgot that Northern-Ireland and Scotland were also part of Britain.
    Some Scots would understand.

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    And another simple answer: they pronounce it as well when it is initial (run, raw, real) and in consonant clusters (strong, bring, frown).
    They pronounce it when it comes at the initial of words (read, rest, road) and in consonant clusters (strong, drink).
    I am not a native speaker, but as i know it is not pronounced when it comes at the end of words as in (teacher, actor).

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammadhelmi View Post
    They pronounce it when it comes at the initial beginning of words (read, rest, road) and in consonant clusters (strong, drink).
    I am not a native speaker, but as i know it is not pronounced when it comes at the end of words as in (teacher, actor).
    We have already established in posts 2, 3 and 4, that it is pronounced at the end of words in some dialects of British English, and, when it is followed by a vowel, in most dialects.

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    Re: When do the british pronounce r?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    And another simple answer: they pronounce it as well when it is initial (run, raw, real) and in consonant clusters (strong, bring, frown).
    Not in all of them: the "r" in "storm" is silent.

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