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    Liaison in "you and I"

    I have just heard that the d sound in "and" is rarely linked to I in the phrase "you and I". Is this right?
    You and I: /ju: æn dai/

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    Re: Liaison in "you and I"

    Your transcription shows the liaison - so which do you believe? Here's what I believe. More often than not the d is dropped: /ju: ǝn ai/ . However, 'You and I' is often used in a consciously correct way (avoiding /ju: ǝn mi:/ ), and in such cases the /d/ is clearly articulated; often, the /ai/ is often preceded by a glottal stop (so that, while transcribed word breaks, in a broad transcription, are largely conventional, the /d/ is clearly appended to the /ǝn/.

    You'll have noticed that I always reduce the /æn/ to /ǝn/. I'd say that the open vowel is used chiefly when there is contrastive stress: 'You and I need to work on this.'

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    Re: Liaison in "you and I"

    I have just seen a video here: Q&A Time: "d" "t" "k" cancellation (English sound cancellation) - YouTube In the video n is considered as a strong sound and d is considered as weak sound. Therefore, in "you and I" n will cancel d and d will be ignored. I have never heard this rule before but I am happy to know this! He give many rules that clear most of my doubts for a long time. I think it maybe doesn't considered as standard but it will help me improve listening skill.

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