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  1. LwyrFirat's Avatar

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    In spoken English is the letter "t" in the word "often" silent, or should we pronounce it?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Often

    Quote Originally Posted by LwyrFirat View Post
    In spoken English is the letter "t" in the word "often" silent, or should we pronounce it?

    Thanks in advance.
    This is what I found in the online Yahoo Dictionary:


    Usage Note:
    During the 15th century English experienced a widespread loss of certain consonant sounds within consonant clusters, as the (d) in handsome and handkerchief, the (p) in consumption and raspberry, and the (t) in chestnut and often. In this way the consonant clusters were simplified and made easier to articulate. With the rise of public education and literacy and, consequently, people's awareness of spelling in the 19th century, sounds that had become silent sometimes were restored, as is the case with the t in often, which is now frequently pronounced. In other similar words, such as soften and listen, the t generally remains silent.

    often - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education

    While living in the US, in conversations, I hear this word pronounced either way.
    Last edited by NanetteDee; 19-Sep-2008 at 05:07. Reason: typing

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    Re: Often

    Silent in my dictionary.

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    Re: Often

    Pronounced in mine.

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    Re: Often

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Pronounced in mine.
    Yes, some people still pronounce it. But it's more common without the 't'.
    Do you also pronounce the 't' in 'soften'? How about 'hasten', 'fasten'?

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    Re: Often

    Soften, yes; hasten and fasten, not exactly in the same way, but there is a hint of it.

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    Re: Often

    While I was living in the UK I noticed that young generation pronounce it but relatively old people don't. Thanks everyone for their comments.

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