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Dear all,

I don't know why all the /t/ sounds in the bold words are changed into /d/. This is not American English. It is British English.

1. They were put out of business due to the rise in oil prices.
2. Direct mailing can be a pretty effective method of advertising.
3. A lot of money is devoted to keeping the company name in the public eye.

Please let me know why this occurs in British English.

Many thanks.
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Hi Tony,

I found the following in my accent reduction textbook:

"when a 't' is between two vowels, it is generally pronounced like a fast /d/ sound. This sound is also sometimes called a 'tapped t' because you quickly tap the tip of the tongue on the gum ridge when pronuncing it.

Examples are:
'better' becomes 'bedder'
'little' becomes 'liddle'
'party' becomes 'pardy'
'forty' becomes 'fordy'

Note: A 't' does not change to a 'fast /d/' sound if it's within a stressed syllable. We don't say 'adack', we say 'attack'."

Hope this helps a little! Smile

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