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    Do "sorted" and "sort it" sound the same?

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    They can, at least in American English. It's a sordid tale.
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    Not to me, nor to any British English speakers I know.

    I'm surprised it's possible in American English.

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    Not to my BrE ears- the endings are /d/ and /t/. Close, but no cigar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Not to me, nor to any British English speakers I know.

    I'm surprised it's possible in American English.
    They could be pronounced alike (in American English) in these sentences:

    We got it sorted out.
    We'll sort it out tomorrow.


    We Americans readily soften /t/ to /d/ when it falls between two vowels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not to my BrE ears- the endings are /d/ and /t/. Close, but no cigar.
    I like that idiom. Gonna add it to my list.

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    #7

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    And some in the UK use a glottal stop for the /t/ in sorted.

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    #8

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    ... and they probably use it for the last /d/ too.

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    #9

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    In Standard American, they sound different. In particular, one ends with a /t/ sound, and the other ends with a /d/ sound.

    That said, there are some non-standard dialects of American English in which "sorted" ends with a /t/ sound. One example I can think of is Nate from the YouTube channel "Kara and Nate". He's from Nashville, Tennessee, and one feature of his speech is pronouncing words like "sorted" and "wanted" as if they end with a "t".
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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    In Standard American, they sound different. In particular, one ends with a /t/ sound, and the other ends with a /d/ sound.
    Maybe, when they occur at the end of a sentence. I think most Americans pronounce the final consonants identically when they fall in the middle of a sentence and the next word begins with a vowel sound. In fact, it would sound weird if an American used a /t/ in sort it out.
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