How do Americans pronounce the letter "t" in the end of words? Do they pronounce it like a "d"?

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    I think some examples narrowing down your question would be beneficial. I'm sure that a sentence such as "I like it" does not end in /d/. – Andrew Leach Aug 16 at 8:42
  • This features is also sometimes found in the interior of words. – GEdgar Aug 16 at 10:30
  • Examples, please. – Hot Licks Aug 16 at 11:40
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    @GEdgar I would say it’s only found in the interior of words, never word-finally. Bet and bed are not homophones in any dialect of AmE that I’m familiar with, though better and bedder are in many. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 16 at 11:42
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    @Janus: it definitely can be found on the end of words. For example, the /t/ in I put it back. Not at the end of phrases, though, or words pronounced by themselves, which may be what you were thinking of. – Peter Shor Aug 16 at 11:47

A "T" on the end of a word may be pronounced "D" if the following word begins with certain sounds and the words are being pronounced rapidly. Peter Shor's example of "I put it back" is a good one.

Basically, if "put" is not for some reason being emphasized (as when your mother tells you "PUT ... IT ... BACK!!"), then the "T" sound in "put" is abbreviated -- the percussive "T" ending sound due to the tongue completely stopping air air flow does not occur because the mouth is already preparing to pronounce "it".

This is just normal speech, and is unlikely to vary much by dialect.

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