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Video: T Sounds Like D


Sometimes a “T” sounds more like a "D" when Americans speak.

  • Water
  • Bottle

In two syllables where “T” or “TT” is surrounded by vowel sounds—city, matter—and the second syllable is not stressed—CI-ty, MA-tter—the “T” will sound like a “D.” 

  • Item
  • Auto 
  • Writer 
  • Fattest
  • Little
  • Better

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