How do you pronounce it would, it was, etc ( in American English) ? That is, how do you pronounce the "T" when it precedes a semi-vowel like w? Is it a stop T, or even no T at all when pronounced fast ? When followed by a vowel, it's a "flap T" ( ex: " it is") , and when followed by a consonant, it's a full T ( ex: "it looks"), as far as I can see, but this I can't nail down.

  • What do you mean by Full-T? I doubt that's what's used in it looks. – Arm the good guys in America Oct 29 '17 at 14:32
  • "It looks" sounds like a stop T. By full t I mean the T as in twirl, tweak etc – Daniel Oct 29 '17 at 14:49
  • A lot of times the it would be omitted and so the t not pronounced at all: Looks like some weather coming in. – Arm the good guys in America Oct 29 '17 at 15:37

In many dialects, /t/ before a consonant (including w) is pronounced [ʔt] or even [ʔ], that is, glottalized or preglottalized.

(Edit to clarify: that is, /t/ before a consonant, except for initial /t/ which is not glottalized.)

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