Is sound /t/ commonly cancelled as in "must she"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAW4N_MTUm8 I heard around 1:41 and 1:48 in the video, /t/ in "must she" of the below lyrics is not pronounced. Is it confined to American English? Or is it also common in other English speaking countries? Why oh why Why must she be so damn fly? Then turn around and be so dumb
Aug 16, 2014 3:33 PM
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A British English speaker would also say 'mus-she', and it would be the same in any variety of English. You'd have to be speaking incredibly slowly to be able to pronounce the 't', and it would sound unnatural.
August 21, 2014
It's usually in american English, because British are known for using the T sound all the time.
August 16, 2014
I don't know about other countries but yeah it happens here sometimes in the U.S. This may not be true for everyone, it depends on the speaker and it usually only happens when someone is speaking fast. They probably don't even notice it. If Kid Cudi were to say that sentence slower, then he'd probably pronounce the "t." I never notice these things until someone points them out. However, I did notice that this omission of the "t" usually depends on the order of the words. If an American (or at least most) was to say "why must I," you would definitely hear the "t" that helps to make the "st" sound. In this case, the t is right before "sh," which would make some people drop the "t" and go straight to the "sh." You'll also notice this in the way some Americans pronounce "sentence." Some of use say "senTence" other say "seNence." Just a little note, in songs, people tend to distort words because it gives the song more appeal. I was just listening to a few songs and I thought to myself "Wow, if a non-native speaker used these songs to practice pronunciation...they would sound really weird!" It happens in pop songs, rock songs, rap songs, etc. Just be aware of that. Thanks for the song, by the way.
August 16, 2014
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