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    the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    In a video, the host said sometimes the sound /d/ disappear, for example, boiled potatoes and steamed potatoes.

    But as a second language learner, is it better for me to pronounce it out in an English exam?
    Last edited by Maybo; 24-Jan-2021 at 22:06.
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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    You should always pronounce it.
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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    I'd say it depends entirely on how good your general pronunciation already is.

    It's possible that trying not to pronounce it will make you sound a lot worse than when you do, but it's also possible that trying to pronounce it could make you sound worse than when you don't. If you can post a clip of you saying it both ways, we'll have a better idea how to advise you.

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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    In a video, the host said sometimes the sound /d/ disappears. For example, in "boiled potatoes" and "steamed potatoes".

    But As a second language learner, is it better for me to pronounce it out in an English exam?
    Note my corrections above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    Well, mashed potatoes are potatoes that still have a potato flavor but no longer have a potato shape. (I guess some people omit the final syllable, but I am not one of them.)

    P.S. In this case it wouldn't be the final syllable, but it would be the /d/ sound at the end.
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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    But as a second language learner, is it better for me to pronounce it out in an English exam?
    Yes

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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    I'd venture to suggest that you might have misread the host's words, or he himself may have an inaccurate understanding of the "-(e)d" sound at the end of a word. Actually it cannot be omitted, as other answers have said, but is often realized as "unaspirated" (when proceding a consonant), just the same as the "t" sound in Cantonese words "baat (eight)" and "faat (hair)" (I noticed you're from Hongkong). That is to say, you do make the "t" sound but only hold the air in your mouth before you let it go at the end of the articultion (, and do not let it off so strong that you may hear the sound of the turbulence).

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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Well, mashed potatoes are potatoes that still have a potato flavor but no longer have a potato shape. (I guess some people omit the final syllable, but I am not one of them.)

    P.S. In this case it wouldn't be the final syllable, but it would be the /d/ sound at the end.
    In the UK, we use either "mashed potatoes" or just "mash". A classic British dish is "bangers and mash" - sausages with mashed potatoes, usually served with thick onion gravy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    Yum!
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    Re: the sound /d/ sometimes disappear

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You should always pronounce it.
    And even as unstressed or unemphatic as it might sound.

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