often - [ofTen] - Is it right? I saw video where teacher Mark had told "often" as [ofTen]. I had never listened such pronounciation. Gray Cee Hi, Mark. As an English teacher in China, I really like your videos. I would just take issue with one thing in this video. "Often" should be pronounced with a silent "t". I think this is a fairly universal rule. (I am Australian.) Mark Kulek Hi Gray! I wouldn't call it a rule. I grew up in California and have always pronounced the "t". I now live in Japan where I also teach English and it has never been an issue of concern, IMHO :)
May 15, 2016 9:14 PM
Answers · 5
The history is this : The word used to be simply 'oft', and then at some point in time people started adding the 'en', but kept the 't' sound. Then at a later date, some experts decided it ought to be pronounced with a silent 't', the same as 'fasten', even though there was no good reason to drop the 't'. Today there are probably a couple of hundred million native English speakers in the world who pronounce the 't' in often, and a couple of hundred million who don't pronounce it. Everyone thinks that their pronunciation is right. So it really doesn't matter.
May 15, 2016
I always pronounce the t.
May 15, 2016
Thank you, Paul.
May 15, 2016
I always pronounce the 't' too. Think the Australian fella is talking out of his behind to be honest! This is not a rule, pronounce it however you find most comfortable, with or without the 't.'
May 15, 2016
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