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    Question How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    hello
    Sometimes, when I call the customer service and provide my email address, they always can not distinguish the letter B and T because of my pronunciation . I would say : B is the fitsr letter of the word BOY and T is the first letter of the word TNT.but I heard as if they did say so like me.
    what is simpler words?
    Thanks a lot

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    B as in Boy, or Bob, or Bravo, or Baker.
    T as in Tom, or Tango

    TNT is not a natural way to explain T.
    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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    Red face Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    B as in Boy, or Bob, or Bravo, or Baker.
    T as in Tom, or Tango

    TNT is not a natural way to explain T.

    that`s it! "as in" thank you very much!haha

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by TERRYTNT View Post
    that`s it! "as in" thank you very much!haha
    No. It is not 't' as in 'thank you'. That's a different sound.

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by TERRYTNT View Post
    "they always can not distinguish the letter B and T because of my pronunciation."
    You might mean, 1. "They can't always distinguish ..." = Sometimes they can't distinguish.
    2. "They always can't distinguish ..." = They can never distinguish. "They always can't..." is not a common way of saying things. If you mean they never can distinguish it, it's better to say "They can never distinguish..."

    Simply:
    "They always can't ..." Not good
    "They can never ..." Good.

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    Most people who work in call centres etc where they have to take people's names, addresses, postcodes and other such things are used to people using some very odd ways of explaining which letter they mean. However, the easiest way would be for everyone to use the phonetic alphabet which is used by the military, air traffic control and many other groups all over the world. For your examples you would use "Bravo" and "Tango". Here's a link to the words used :

    NATO Phonetic Alphabet

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    I agree with ems (as usual).

    When you are talking to somebody in a call centre who takes down this sort of information all day long you don't need to say 'B as in Bravo, A is in Alpha', 'Z as in Zulu' etc. Just say 'My name is spelt Bravo, Alpha, Zulu'.

    Rover

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    Of course, if the person on the other end of the phone is not used to that type of alphabet you'll find that you have to repeat everything anyway. I remember one such conversation with a call centre where I had been asked for my username (which is the same as it is on here) and I had reached "Echo, Mike, Sierra, Romeo, number 2, Delta" when the operative said "Hang on, I'm still writing down "Echomike". She had no idea that I was talking about individual letters and had been trying to write all the words down, thinking (presumably) that I had an incredibly long username (echomikesierraromeonumbertwodeltanumbertwo)!

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    Re: How to tell apart B and T to others on the phone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You might mean, 1. "They can't always distinguish ..." = Sometimes they can't distinguish.
    2. "They always can't distinguish ..." = They can never distinguish. "They always can't..." is not a common way of saying things. If you mean they never can distinguish it, it's better to say "They can never distinguish..."

    Simply:
    "They always can't ..." Not good
    "They can never ..." Good.
    thanks for your corrections.

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