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    beefed

    Hi,

    I read this sentence:

    During the riots, the nighttime patrol force was beefed up with volunteers.

    How do you pronounce "beefed"? Is it "t" or "d"?

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    Re: beefed

    In my dialect the d is vocalized clearly because of the following vowel. In the unlikely event that there was no next word starting with a vowel there would be very little difference between beefed and beeft.

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    Re: beefed

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    In my dialect the d is vocalized clearly because of the following vowel. In the unlikely event that there was no next word starting with a vowel there would be very little difference between beefed and beeft.
    You mean in this sentence, it's "....dup" not "....tup"? Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: beefed

    Yes, it's 'dup' not 'tup'.

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    #5

    Re: beefed

    It's /d/ to my British ears.

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    #6

    Re: beefed

    To me, the underlined consonant in:

    beef tongue is /t/,
    we Dutch is /d/

    In beefed up, the stopped consonant /d/ begins voiceless, as a result of the preceding voiceless /f/, but the voicing for the following vowel begins before the release of the stop. I'd render this consonant in narrow phonetic transcription as [d̥].

    If I'm told to stop being pretentious, I'll accept that the underlined consonant in beefed up is closer to /d/ than to /t/.

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