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    Word Stress and TR sound

    Hi, I read in American accent book that when a "t" is followed by an "r" sound, the "t" changes and becomes an almost "ch" sound.

    "To create this sound correctly, say "ch" as in chain, but just make the tip of the tongue a bit more tense when it touches the gum ridge, and focus on creating a stop of air."

    Is this true? For example when we have this phrase/command:

    Try it again.

    Is the "tr" pronounced as mentioned above? I would also like to know (if you are kind enough) to tell me which words should I stress more when I pronounce the phrase: "Try it again". Are both "try" and "again" stressed?

    Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Re: Word Stress and TR sound

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoli View Post
    Hi, I read in an American accent book that when a "t" is followed by an "r" sound, the "t" changes and becomes an almost "ch" sound.

    "To create this sound correctly, say "ch" as in chain, but just make the tip of the tongue a bit more tense when it touches the gum ridge, and focus on creating a stop of air."

    Is this true?

    No.

    For example when we have this phrase/command:

    Try it again.

    Is the "tr" pronounced as mentioned above?

    Chry it again? No.

    I would also like to know (if you are kind enough) to tell me which words should I stress more when I pronounce the phrase: "Try it again". Are both "try" and "again" stressed?

    Yes. Stress the second syllable of again: TRY it aGAIN.

    Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you.
    You're welcome!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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