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    How to pronounce '-ths' (as in 'baths', 'months' or 'cloths')

    Hello, everyone.

    I have a question about the pronunciation of the words ending '-ths'.

    According to Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary,


    baths - BrE [bɑːz] NAmE [bz]

    cloths - BrE [klɒθs] NAmE [klɔːz]

    However, I can't find the pronunciation of "months", unfortunately.
    How do you pronounce it? Could it be something like [mʌnθs]?
    (I've never heard it pronounced as [mʌnz])

    P.S. [θs] sounds almost like [ts] to me! It's really tricky!


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    Re: How to pronounce '-ths' (as in 'baths', 'months' or 'cloths')

    It can be anywhere between /mʌnθs/ and /mʌns/

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    Re: How to pronounce '-ths' (as in 'baths', 'months' or 'cloths')

    American dictionaries (both Kenyon Knott and MW), list /mʌnts/ as their first choice. This is a result of two processes: post-nasal epenthesis followed by assimilation of "ths" to a fronted sibilant.

    Even in "sth" clusters, you hear the same thing. cf. what's that = wassat

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    Re: How to pronounce '-ths' (as in 'baths', 'months' or 'cloths')

    I've attached an mp3 of my southern British accent saying 'months' and 'in twelve months time'

    I think you're better of trying to say
    mʌnθs
    , even if the result ends up as
    mʌns or
    mʌnts
    . It will sound better than trying to say
    mʌns or mʌnts.

    When speaking quickly, the
    θ will tend to shorten or perhaps disappear completely. Though I think in BrE it's more likely to remain. Certainly I always say the θ, unless I'm being lazy.
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    Re: How to pronounce '-ths' (as in 'baths', 'months' or 'cloths')

    Quote Originally Posted by NorwichEnglish View Post
    I've attached an mp3 of my southern British accent saying 'months' and 'in twelve months time'

    I think you're better of trying to say
    mʌnθs
    , even if the result ends up as
    mʌns or
    mʌnts
    . It will sound better than trying to say
    mʌns or mʌnts.

    When speaking quickly, the
    θ will tend to shorten or perhaps disappear completely. Though I think in BrE it's more likely to remain. Certainly I always say the θ, unless I'm being lazy.
    Hello, NorwichEnglish.
    That's very kind of you.
    Thank you very much!

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