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    I am taking my phonology exam tomorrow.I can not understand one thing.Why is “half-past” pronounced as / ha:-past/ ? Why is / f / omitted?

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    Who told you that? Please don't pronounce "half-past" without the "f". If someone is saying it quickly, the "f" might be hard to hear.

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    It is an example from a book consisted of transcribed texts. The author is a pofessor of English phonology at some British university.
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    Default Re: half-past

    In BrE the /f/ may be omitted in informal conversation.
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    Default Re: half-past

    It's also commonly omitted in Australia. "Huppast four" = 4.30.

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    Interesting. I guess it's just another AmE thing.

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