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    #1

    Him

    Hello everyone!

    In the following sentence:

    It was a beautiful day in more ways than one when Gerry finally decided to ask Sally to marry him.

    Should we pronounce the "h" in him?

    In the following sentence:

    I don't know, let's ask him.

    I wouldn't pronounce the "h", but in the previous sentence, I would.

    Are there any clear cut rules about this or is it a question of preference?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Him

    Theoretically, there is no reason NOT to pronounce either H.

    In speech, however, we tend to run our words together and the H's are often unvoiced. I think in most cases you would hear the H in marry him more clearly than you would in ask him.

    If you wanted to emphasize the word him, you would certainly voice the H.

    Don't ask me, ask him. - I would hear that H very clearly. Whereas in
    I dunno what he thinks, why doncha ask him - the H would be lost, I'm afraid.

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    #3

    Re: Him

    This is exactly what I thought.

    I was wondering if there were any linguistic rules about this.

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    #4

    Re: Him

    Could it be easier to omit it after a consonant because they run together than after a vowel sound?

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    #5

    Re: Him

    Ha ah!

    You might very well have something there Tdol!

    That's a very good explanation.

    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: Him

    Wenwespeak, ourwordsahleesrunt'gether.
    Our language is part Germanic, you know.

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    #7

    Re: Him

    Yes, I know ;).

    I was just trying to find a more grammatical explanation to explain it to others. :)

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