I can't exactly hear the sound of 'd in cassettes, like: She'd make it. She'd be with them very soon.

I tried to listen them in youtube. I found I could hear it when some native english speakers speak slowly and clearly. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzhjD-XrYjg) But in another video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSSM8mBq3TI), the sound of 'd doesn't seem to be pronounced. (Is it right?)

I want to ask if native english speakers pronounce and hear the sound of 'd in conversation?


  • The guy in the second video is a hair weird, and is overdoing it a bit, but mostly he is pronouncing the "d". Note, for instance, that "I'd" is pronounced pretty much like "eyed", as in "She eyed the stranger suspiciously." "It'd" is the oddest one to pronounce, and you're forgiven if you can't quite manage it -- give it time.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 13, 2016 at 22:48
  • It'd is such a weird word. You can pronounce it idded but I think native speakers usually just say id. Sep 13, 2016 at 22:55
  • Leave Shane alone. Stick with Rachel. Note some people articulate things very clearly and will pronounce the D beautifully every time, others won't. But I don't understand what you're asking about "cassettes". There's no D sound in that word. Sep 14, 2016 at 4:57
  • I mean I listen to the cassettes and can't hear the "'d" sound every time.
    – HH Chang
    Sep 15, 2016 at 3:02

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You're right, most speakers don't pronounce this d clearly. It's often dropped entirely.

When I say I'd drop it it sounds exactly like I drop it unless I'm making an effort to enunciate. Likewise I'd just go is indistinguishable from I just go. I think this is typical.

The d is clearest when it's followed by a vowel. When I say I'd ask, my tongue briefly touches the roof of the mouth. You can hear it slightly interrupt the flow of air. When I say I ask there is no obstruction of air at all, and the I sound blends seamlessly with the short a sound.

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