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    #1

    booths and boots

    booths
    boots

    are these words pronounced the same way, please?
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    Re: booths and boots

    booths has <th> as in the word thank.
    boots has <t> as in the word tank.

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    Re: booths and boots

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    booths has <th> as in the word thank.
    boots has <t> as in the word tank.

    hi,
    I mean the pronunciation in the plural.
    does booths' "ths" sound like the one in "months"?
    thanks

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    #4

    Re: booths and boots

    booths => -ths as in maths
    months => -ths as in maths
    months => -nths can be pronounced [ns], no <th>



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    #5

    Re: booths and boots

    Just as we commonly elide the voiceless 'th' in 'months' to /-ns/, then we also elide voiceless and voiced 'th' in words like 'maths' and 'clothes', which come out similar to 'mass' and 'cloze' (with /-z/), but not exactly the same: the front of the tongue seems to move towards alveolar contact ever so slightly earlier and slightly more front nearer the teeth, influenced by the not-actually-pronounced 'th'.

    The reason is that we can't seem to be bothered with the effort of pronouncing adjacent fricatives in the same consonant cluster when 'th' is involved, e.g.
    maths = 'mass'
    clothes = 'cloze'
    sixths = 'sicks'
    fifths = 'fiss'
    booths = 'booos'
    months = 'muns'
    teethes = 'teeez'
    loathes = 'looaaz'

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    Re: booths and boots

    thanks a lot.
    I guess the "th" is a challenge for any non-native speaker.
    thanks again.

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