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    The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question" sounds like "ass the question," doesn't it?
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    Answered here.

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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    A girl in an eighth-grade class with me became extremely embarrassed and flustered when, reading "Jack asked" aloud from a book the class was reading, she said "Jack-assed". This pronunciation is dominant in my region. "Axed" is also common.
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    "Jack axed Sally" sounds gruesome.

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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    Nevertheless, "ax" as an alternative to "ask" is attested for no less than 1,200 years.
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question" sounds like "ass the question," doesn't it?
    Only sometimes.

    In the US, it's pronounced different ways. Most common are:

    - askt (That's the one you should use.)
    - akst
    - ast
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    "d" "t" "k" cancellation (English sound cancellation)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyD0ByZYMs

    Do you agree with what he teaches in the video?
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In the US, it's pronounced different ways. Most common are:
    - askt (That's the one you should use.)
    - akst
    - ast
    Topic: Omission of /t/ in spoken American English. Level: intermediate to advanced.
    https://youtu.be/xnXx0SvW2AU?t=444
    If "asked" sometimes sounds like "ast," then "asked the question" sometimes sounds like "as(t) the question," doesn't it?
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    If "asked" sometimes sounds like "ast," then "asked the question" sometimes sounds like "as(t) the question," doesn't it?
    Possibly, but they're different situations. "Asked" is hard for Anglophones to say because of its unusual (for English) consonant cluster. Dropping the /k/ is one way to make it easier. "Ask the" is a little awkward but less so; still, the same solution is possible. I generally soften the /k/ to a glottal stop which is probably barely perceptible. In more rapid or casual speech I drop it altogether.
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    Re: The colloquial pronunciation of "asked the question"

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    "d" "t" "k" cancellation (English sound cancellation)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzyD0ByZYMs

    Do you agree with what he teaches in the video?
    Pretty much. I've never noticed anyone drop the D from colder, but maybe it happens.

    As for the K, the student might be confused by words that are written with a silent K, like know and knight. Pronouncing those Ks would be wrong.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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