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    Interesting and Important

    I would really appreciate if someone could tell me the American pronunciation for Important and Interesting.

    I am basically confused at T sound after "er" sound.
    What kind of T is that?
    Where should I Place emphasis on,is it the t or er sound?

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    #2

    Re: Interesting and Important

    Quote Originally Posted by gurpreetgill4u View Post
    I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me
    Note the change I made, above. Sorry I am not answering your question; I am British.

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    #3

    Re: Interesting and Important

    What do you mean by 'T sound after "er" sound'?

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    Re: Interesting and Important

    Before er sound

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    #5

    Re: Interesting and Important

    Do you mean the 't' sound in "interesting"?

    The primary stress is put on "in".
    It's "interesting".

    What exactly is the problem you are having?

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    #6

    Re: Interesting and Important

    Whenever I pronounce a tr sound it blends to become "chr"

    So the word "tree" sounds like "chree," for example.

    The "t" and "r" in "interesting" are close enough for the same thing to happen, so it sounds like "inchuresting." Does that sound like what you're hearing?

    As for "important," both "t"s become glottal stops unless I'm really emphasizing the word. You just kind of swallow the "t"s, so it sounds like "impor'n'."

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    Re: Interesting and Important

    It can sound a lot like "in-chrest-ing" in BrE. That's how it would come out in my normal everyday speech. I would have to carefully pronounce the "t", followed be "er" if I wanted to enunciate it "properly".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Interesting and Important

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It can sound a lot like "in-chrest-ing" in BrE.
    It can, or we can use a glottal stop on the first t.

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    Re: Interesting and Important

    Interesting is one of several common words with 'squeezed out' syllables in spoken (American) English:

    business, chocolate, family, and basically are some other examples.

    There are also several regional differences beyond the ones already mentioned:

    int'rusting, inderesting, inneresting, inner'sting, and innerstun' are a few I've heard.


    Important has what one author calls the "held T" when the t is before an n. The same thing happens in words like mountain, certain, button, and others.

    One pronunciation that always makes me cringe is found most often in the South: "Impoʊdu(n)t" is about the best I can represent on this keyboard.

    If you want to learn more, you might try American Accent Training by Ann Cook.

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    #10

    Re: Interesting and Important

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It can, or we can use a glottal stop on the first t.

    I did not know that. A glottal stop would never be heard (or unheard) there in AmE.

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