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Re^2: My favorite silent English letter is:

by mertserger (Curate)
on Mar 02, 2012 at 11:46 UTC ( #957444=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: My favorite silent English letter is:
in thread My favorite silent English letter is:

"Which "r" of "surprise" do think is silent?!"

ikegami,

I think to many Americans the first syllable of "serpent" has a noticiable "r" at the end whereas "surprise" doesn't, so that is what they mean by the missing r. To me they both have more-or-less the same first syllable, so I suspect I would sound like I am not saying the "r" in "serpent" to them as well.

As I said in another post on this thread the technical term is "rhotic" for the pronunciation which says the "r" in "serpent", "non-rhotic" where you don't. Wikipedia has an interesting article on it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhotic_and_non-rhotic_accents. Are you a non-rhotic speaker too?


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