Post # 1
Ok, I’m taking an informal poll.
I teach ESL and apparently I pronounce “often” in a strange way (with the “T”). I never thought it was anything strange until the other day when I said “not ofTen” to a student and she kept asking “what?” until I realized she didn’t understand the “T” sound.
After I corrected myself and said “Not offen,” she understood me right away. This makes me wonder… how do you pronounce “often”?
Post # 3
With the “T”, like it’s spelt.
Post # 4
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
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
I do both, depending on what I’m saying – how long the sentence is, what comes before/after, even who I’m with.
Post # 8
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
I actually pronounce it both ways but there’s no poll option for “both”
Post # 10
I say both. I’m a bit of a dialect chameleon. I have multiple accents depending who I talk to.
Post # 11
I say it without the T….I always think it sounds weird with the T!
Post # 12
I say Of-ten, I never occured to me to say it differently.
Post # 13
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
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
No T! The T grates on my nerves- and Darling Husband says it with the T!
Post # 16
Ha, this was on the Big Bang Theory the other day (rerun I think). Never thought abt it prior to then.