I understand that sometimes the "t" can be omitted or replaced by a very short pause, as in "just the..." "lost the...".

However, what about the verbs like "touch"? I believe there can be a big difference sometimes between "touch the" and "touched the" as they indicate the different time of the event... In this case, should I omit the last "t" sound in "touched" [tʌtʃt] as well?

I find it pretty hard to pronounce things like "touched the", they slow me down a lot every time.

Thank you in advance!

  • For me, 'touched it' turns into 'touch dit', and 'touch it' to 'tut chit' if I'm talking faster. You might be interested in phonetic occlusives, too Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 9:03
  • Thanks for the reply, but I have no problem with "touched it". I only find it difficult on the occasions I have to say things like "touched THE ..." : ) Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 9:53

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You may drop the /t/ sound in "touched the" (but it is not required). The relevant rule, mentioned in the answer to "Pronunciation Deleting /t/ Between Consonants", is optional, but it does not have a general exception for past-tense forms. It's true that dropping the /t/ will make it sound like "touch the", but the context often disambiguates the meaning. For example, if the subject is third-person singular, "he touch the..." in the present tense would not be grammatical.

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