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    NT Endings

    Hello, all!

    When you say "I canīt understand", "You mustnīt imagine", "I went away", "I didnīt like her", is it fair to say that, in all such cases, t is, still, present? Somehow?
    In other words, is it okay to say that, within a particular accent, nt endings will retain some of the t, both before vowels and consonants?




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    Re: NT Endings

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina1983 View Post
    Hello, all!

    When you say "I canīt understand", "You mustnīt imagine", "I went away", "I didnīt like her", is it fair to say that, in all such cases, t is, still, present? Somehow?
    In other words, is it okay to say that, within a particular accent, nt endings will retain some of the t, both before vowels and consonants?




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    Yes, but using one of your examples, "mustn't", the first "t" is silent and the word would be pronounced "muhssent".


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    Re: NT Endings

    The "t" is swallowed up in some accents. "I don't want to" sounds like "I doe wanna."

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    Re: NT Endings

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The "t" is swallowed up in some accents. "I don't want to" sounds like "I doe wanna."
    I understand, but my advice to non-native speakers of English (and, in fact, many native speakers) would be to learn, practice and use the correct/proper pronunciation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Yes, but using one of your examples, "mustn't", the first "t" is silent and the word would be pronounced "muhssent".


    Hello again, thanks billmcd. Just to add a bit more info, this question arose because I kept reading that General American will suppress the t in "I canīt understand", that is, the n will link to the vowel. To me, it sounded off, as I felt some of the t was left. I donīt even know where Iīm going with this anymore lol Wrapping it up, bear with me, this poor student lol In all words that end in NT (contractions and non-contractions), is it ok for me then to tell my students a slight t remains? Iīm sorry to go at it again, just a tricky subject in my view. Thanks!

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    Re: NT Endings

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina1983 View Post
    Hello again, thanks billmcd. Just to add a bit more info, this question arose because I kept reading that General American will suppress the t in "I canīt understand", that is, the n will link to the vowel. To me, it sounded off, as I felt some of the t was left. I donīt even know where Iīm going with this anymore lol Wrapping it up, bear with me, this poor student lol In all words that end in NT (contractions and non-contractions), is it ok for me then to tell my students a slight t remains? Absolutely! As faint and as subtle as it might sound, it should be noticeable. Otherwise it could be understood as an affirmative statement. It might be helpful to have your students to exaggerate or emphasize the "t" until it becomes more natural and evident. Iīm sorry to go at it again, just a tricky subject in my view. I understand. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
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    Thank you, Bill!

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    Re: NT Endings

    Carolina, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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    Hello! Something else occurred to me. Why does it sound like thereīs no t left in 'center' and 'went away', but it does sound like thereīs a t in 'canīt understandī, 'hadnīt 'understood'? Is there a rule at all for this? Thanks!

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    Re: NT Endings

    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina1983 View Post
    Hello! Something else occurred to me. Why does it sound like thereīs no t left in 'center' and 'went away',
    There is a fairly clear /t/ in most dialects of BrE.

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