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  1. Yourjones
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    how to read months and clothes

    Hello,

    I am quite sure how to read these two words, but I am just wondering if in spoken English, especially when read fast, they shoud sound like:

    1. I like math (/ts/ instead of /ths/).
    2. I don't like these new clothes (/ts/ instead of /thz/).

    I am sorry but I am not sure if I could make this question understandable.

    Thanks.

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    Re: how to read months and clothes

    Your question is quite understandable.
    The answers are no, and no.
    'Maths' rarely loses the 'th'. In rapid speech, 'clothes' sometimes becomes 'close'. Native speakers wouldn't replace the "th" with 't'.
    'Mats' and 'clotes' would not work.

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    Re: how to read months and clothes

    The abbreviation of mathematics in BrE is "maths" and we pronounce all the sounds.
    The abbreviation of mathematics in AmE is "math" and they pronounce all the sounds too.

    Don't lose the "th".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: how to read months and clothes

    What has 'months' got to do with anything?

  4. Yourjones
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    Oh yes. Sorry but I intended to use "months" as an example. So shall I say "twelve mons" when speaking fast? If so, should I leave a very short pause between the /n/ sound and the /s/ sound in the place of /th/? Thanks.

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    Re: month

    No. You should definitely not leave a pause. If you have time to slow down and pause your speech, you have time to pronounce your words properly. Far better to learn to pronounce 'th'.

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