I would appreciate your help with these two questions:
I hated them.
Will the speaker omit the D or TH sound?
Will he say:
Are both variatons possible?
The example is quite tricky because 'them' is the Middle English 'hem', hence you get the silent H, like in the case of 'him' and 'her'. Usually, you retain the latter or "mix" both sounds, but I'm not sure what happens in this case.
2) What about the sentence:
I helped them.
Would an American, or any other speaker that uses the flap T sound, flap this T and said:
I realize there are accents without the voiced "th" sound, but this is a question to those who do use the voiced "th" sound in their accents. I'm mainly concerned with the GenAm accent.
PS: If you're wondering what's the /p̚/ symbol above the /p/, it's the /p/ sound with no audible release, an unreleased stop consonant.