Silent Ts and THs
The letter T at the end of a word of French derivation is usually silent.
The letter T may be silent when it follows an S or an F.
The T may or may not be pronounced, depending on the dialect.
often [derived from oft, Old English], soften [derived from softe, Old English]
The letter T may be slurred or silent when it precedes the digraph CH, depending on dialect.
The letter T may be slurred, or in some dialects silent, when it is in the middle of three consonants, most often at the end of a word. The preferred pronunciation includes a t-sound.
mortgage (the t is always silent)
The letter T may be slurred or silent in rapid speech.
Toronto (the second t may disappear)
The digraph TH is slurred or silent in some dialects.
nor’easter (northeasterly winds)
In some dialects, TH is silent at the end of a word where the digraph is in the middle of two consonants, but the preferred pronunciation includes a th-sound.
Special reading assignment
The Thunder God went for a ride
Upon his favourite filly.
I’m Thor! he cried.
The horse replied,
You forgot your thaddle, thilly.
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