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    Stop consonants

    Hello!

    Teachers, do you agree that, when we say stop consonants are, often, unreleased at the end of words, we are saying if a consonant follows?

    For example: They bought her dress. Their friend came.

    In other words, do you agree that, if a vowel follows and you do not drop the consonant, there will be, necessarily, a release?

    For example: The grand opening is tomorrow (you arenīt saying "gran" opening, so there is no way but to release the "d").
    She went away.


    Help?
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    Re: Stop consonants

    Maybe I'm failing to understand the question, but this appears to me to be a reworking of the same matter we just discussed in another thread. The release is the plosion. If there is no release, the plosive consonant has not been pronounced. It has been dropped or swallowed.

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    Re: Stop consonants

    I believe the last question was about 'grand' before a consonant, eg. "grand piano". Here we have "grand opening", ie. before a vowel.
    Yes, the 'd' is released, almost as in "gran dopening".

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    Re: Stop consonants

    Hello, all!

    Thank you for the input. Iīm sorry if I seem to keep going over the same thing, itīs just English is sooo full of subtleties! Isnīt it?

    Thanks again!

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