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