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She laughed at the birthday present.

Read the above sentence as naturally as you can. If it's possible please record it. Do you hear yourself really pronouncing The t in the word at? Did you attempt at all?

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    The t is definitely there, but "at" isn't pronounced separately. The tongue goes to the t position, stops, then slips a bit downward to start the th sound. You are basically saying "(-d)atthe". Useful to practise this one.

    Same for "on the", "in the" and "stopped the". If you omit the sound before th, then the words become slurred and mispronounced.

     

    She laugh-tut the birthday present. Yes, I do pronounce the T. But it is part of a new word! Larf-Tut!

     

    The /t/ in the word 'at' is a final /t/ before a consonant sound. In American English, you are supposed to make a glottal stop instead of /t/.

    NB: None of that applies in the case of "on the", "in the" and "stopped the", because there is no t. This only applies to the /t/ sound.

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