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    A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    Hi,
    I want to know how to pronounce words like 'Is this...' and how to pronounce words like 'with someone'?
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    #2

    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    Any help?

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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    We generally pronounce both consonants, though the /th/ in this may disappear in rapid or casual speech. For example, "Is that so?" often comes out as 'zat so? The /z/ may be held a little longer than it would otherwise be.

    I suggest you practice phrases like is this and that's that. Start slowly with a pause between the words, then gradually increase the speed and reduce the pause.
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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    It is better to pause a bit that to introduce an extra syllable, which speakers of some languages do. It is often a question of practice- try saying them in front of the mirror to get used to seeing how you're saying them.

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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    Here are a couple of sentences to practice: Is this the droid you're looking for? Are these the droids that you're looking for?
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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    And try saying months.

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    Or the months that really matter. OP, I'm sorry to tell you this but native Anglophones can articulate the cluster of consonants in months that.
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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    My experience suggests that most native speakers of BrE actually say 'munce that' or 'munts that' in informal conversation.

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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    I guess Americans tend to do the same. They are, though, generally able to articulate all those phonemes if asked.
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    Re: A word ending with 'S' followed by a word begining with 'TH' and vice versa

    Well, speakers of both AmE and BrE can pronounce the /ksθsθr/ string of phonemes in 'Henry the Sixth's throne', but they rarely do. Many would reduce this to /ksθr/.

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