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    How do you usually pronounce the word "often", with "t" or without it?

    I used to pronounce this word without "t" but this morning I`ve heard a native pronounce it with the consonant "t" [in a documentary on Animal Planet]


    Thank you.

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    my professor said to me that one can pronounce often with T or without T that does not change anything but one more often pronounces it without T

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    In British English, the /t/ was mostly silent, by the 19th century ("often" often served as a rhyme for "soften"). In fact, the pronunciation "orphan" was common in both aristocratic and "Cockney" English, until the middle of the 20th century.

    The /t/ has re-emerged, however, and is now very common.

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    So no one pronounces 'soften' as 'soff-ten'?

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    Hello Dihen

    There may be dialects where people say "sof-ten", and no doubt there are individual "users" who say it; but in standard English, it's always "soff-en".

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