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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    the 'r' sound

    Hi there,


    In standard British English, will the two 'r' sounds in each of following words be pronounced?

    literary, contrary, library, itinerary, temporary, contemporary

    thanks
    pete

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: the 'r' sound

    Usually, but with the vowel between reduced in stress, so they often seem elided.

    Even more common = Secretary is pronounced seketary.

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    Re: the 'r' sound

    Yeah, the "r" most words is elided for quick read/speech

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: the 'r' sound

    It is also that the letter "r" is not easy to say, and so there is a tendency to lose it.

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