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    Default Is it common in american english to drop r's when reading?

    Hello, and thank you for answering this question.

    My name is Victor and I'm from Bolivia. I have the following question:

    Is it common in american english to drop r's when reading? I have heard sections of Harry Potter (the audiobook) in the american version. And somehow I noticed that the reader drops r's, and I know that american english speakers generally don't.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Is it common in american english to drop r's when reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by echecsvh View Post
    Hello, and thank you for answering this question.

    My name is Victor and I'm from Bolivia. I have the following question:

    Is it common in american english to drop r's when reading? I have heard sections of Harry Potter (the audiobook) in the american version. And somehow I noticed that the reader drops r's, and I know that american english speakers generally don't.

    Thank you.
    Do you remember which words had the dropped R's?

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    Default Re: Is it common in american english to drop r's when reading?

    It really depends where in in the country your are.
    In New England, the r's after vowels often were very faint or dropped all together. My name is Barb but after living there for 15 years, I answer to "Bob."
    In other areas, you will find the final r sound in words that end in "er" sound like "uh" - mother is like "muthuh."

    That's why I often laugh when people say they want "an American accent." There are dozens. (Same with a British accent.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is it common in american english to drop r's when reading?

    Quote Originally Posted by echecsvh View Post
    Hello​. and thank you for answering this question. There is no need to thank us for something we haven't done yet.

    My name is Victor and I'm from Bolivia. I have the following question:

    Is it common in American English to drop r's when reading? I have heard sections of Harry Potter (the audiobook) in the American version. And somehow I noticed that the reader drops r's, and I know that American English speakers generally don't.

    Thank you.
    Note my amendments to your post above in grey and red. Remember to capitalise all proper nouns.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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