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  • In this American English pronunciation video, I'm going to go over how to pronounce the

  • word 'to' in conversation.

  • The word 'to' is a preposition, so it's a function word. Function words will normally

  • be unstressed in a sentence. And the word 'to' will even reduce. Reduce means a sound

  • will change. So, 'to' on its own: true T with the 'oo' as in 'boo' vowel. But, in a sentence,

  • it will be come to, true T with the schwa sound. Or, it might even become to, D sound

  • with the schwa sound. Using the flap T pronunciation will smooth out your line even more. I've

  • looked at lots of examples to try to figure out: is there a rule for when it's appropriate

  • to use the Flap T or not? And I've decided you can use the flap T in the word 'to' any

  • time except when the word 'to' follows a word that ends in a T. Now, if this rule is too

  • confusing for you, don't worry about it. You can always pronounce it with a true T and

  • a schwa, and that reduction is fine. However, a flap T will smooth things out just a little

  • bit more.

  • So, let's look at some examples. We went to dinner. [3x] Now you'll notice the word before

  • ends in T, so I'm pronouncing 'to' 'to'. True T, schwa sound. I'm not pronouncing two T's.

  • We went to dinner. [2x]

  • Come to my party. Here I'm pronouncing the T as a flap. Duh, duh, duh. Come to my party. [2x]

  • Much smoother than 'Come to my party'. Come to my party.

  • Let's go to the store. Here, 'to' is pronounced duh, duh. Go to, go to, go to the, go to the.

  • Let's go to the store. I wanted to get more. Wanted to, wanted to. Notice I'm not pronouncing

  • two D's here. Wanted to. The first D, at the end of 'wanted', is a stop. Wanted to. Then

  • I'm pronouncing 'to' with the flap T/schwa sound. Wanted to [3x]. I wanted to get some

  • more.

  • Did you notice that I did not pronounce the T sound in the word 'wanted'. I said wanted,

  • I dropped the T. This is not an uncommon practice when the T follows an N. Other examples: 'center'

  • becomes cenner, cenner. Or, interview can be pronounced innerview, innerview. Dropping

  • this true T smooths out speech. Even though I dropped the T, the -ed ending still follows

  • the rule for a word that ends in T or D, and is pronounced with the 'ih' as in 'sit' vowel

  • and the D consonant. Wanted is a fairly common word. Don't be afraid to pronounce it 'wannid' [2x]

  • You'll notice many native speakers pronouncing it this way.

  • I wanted to get some more.

  • I thought to myself ... [2x] Here I'm pronouncing 'to', tt, with a true T because the word before

  • ends in a T. Notice though, I am not pronouncing two T's. I thought to myself. [2x]

  • We're going to your play. Going to, going to: flap. We're going to your play.

  • Don't forget to reduce and link the word 'to'. It's a very important part of this stressed

  • / unstressed nature of American English.

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如何給單詞 "TO "發音 - 美式英語 (How to Pronounce the Word 'TO' - American English)

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    Hangrui Liu 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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