(Closed) How do you pronounce “often”

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you pronounce "often"?
    ofTen (with the "T") : (134 votes)
    57 %
    offen (without the "T") : (97 votes)
    41 %
    I never really thought about it, I'm not sure... : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    10285 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    With the “T”, like it’s spelt.

    Post # 4
    597 posts
    Busy bee

    I say it with the “t” and my mom says it without, and she makes fun of me for it. I also pronounce the “l” in almond, and she makes fun of me for that too. WELL I LIKE IT THAT WAY! lol

    Post # 5
    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    For as long as I can remember it was taught that the word was pronounced with a silent ‘t’, but I believe both are acceptable.

    Post # 6
    4639 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I do both, depending on what I’m saying – how long the sentence is, what comes before/after, even who I’m with.

    Post # 7
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i say it with the T

    Post # 8
    5091 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I taught ESL, too.  The kids were taught that it’s pronounced “ah-fen” in the US, and that was the proper pronunciation.  I discovered that when I stress the word, I pronounce the T, but if I’m just saying it normally, then I don’t.  I confused my poor kids so badly.

    Post # 9
    6245 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    I actually pronounce it both ways but there’s no poll option for “both”

    Post # 10
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee

    I say both. I’m a bit of a dialect chameleon. I have multiple accents depending who I talk to.

    Post # 11
    7693 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I say it without the T….I always think it sounds weird with the T!

    Post # 12
    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I say Of-ten, I never occured to me to say it differently.

    Post # 13
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee

    But I would say I think with the T is the more normal way. Just when I am trying not to sound posh/not to sound Repost, I try to speak more colloquially and I may say “offen” but that isn’t very….. often.

    Post # 14
    13095 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I say it both ways!  It depending on what I’m saying, how long the sentence is, what comes before/after, it’s placement in the sentance, etc.

    Post # 15
    7882 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    No T!  The T grates on my nerves- and Darling Husband says it with the T!

    Post # 16
    3460 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Ha, this was on the Big Bang Theory the other day (rerun I think).  Never thought abt it prior to then.

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