a mute of T sound?why and where?

when i do some listening practice,i usually hear the native speaker who's country i don't know mute the sound of T,such as important,fortnight,written or so.

I do not know people from which country or which specific region would mute it ,and what is the phenomenon ?

and also,could you please revise the sentences i wrote above? 

 Thank you in advance.

Jun 18, 2014 4:58 AM
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   When most   native speakers of English say   the word  "bottle,"  they abandon  the hard "T" sound.


What you hear, sounds like:    "boddle". The sound changes to a   "D" sound.


 You can hear this in the song by Bon Jovi,  "Wanted Dead  or Alive".

Bottle  appears in   verse 3,  Line   as " the bottle that you drink".


Here is a link to the lyrics:





June 18, 2014


    If you   practiced  with some song lyrics  as study  material, you would become more familiar with the usage  and pronunciation of the sounds in English.


  Over time, native speakers have  reduced the need to fully pronounce   every vowel and consonant.

That is why they introduced the "Schwa" sound into English words.


  The muted sound of "T"  is another example.   When   Americans  pronounce the world  "Tomato,"

 it requires   more effort in speaking,  to say the final "T"  as a hard sound.  So Americans  mute the sound of the final T,  and it sounds like this:   "Tomado"    ( Toh---may----doh ).

There are many such  mutings of   "T" in English.   


 I will see if I can find you another example.



June 18, 2014

When I do some listening practice, I usually hear the native speaker, who's country I don't know, mute the sound of T, such as important, fortnight, written and so on.
I do not know people from which country or which specific region would mute it, and what is the reason?
And also, could you please revise the sentences I wrote above?
Thank you in advance.

June 19, 2014

Sometimes a final t sound is not heard clearly depending on which word comes next. For example, it's quite difficult to pronounce both t's when saying "want to". I would say most Australians would say something much closer to "wan to". 

June 19, 2014

  So, the question  arises;   when is the T sound not muted?


  Well, when T is the first letter   (ledder)     of an English word,  it will always  be spoken with the Hard emphasis.

Toy,   Take,   Talk,   To,  and so forth

June 18, 2014
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