Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

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Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

Postby Mars80 » 2017-07-19, 22:17

I pronounce "than" like "then" in ordinary speech. When I say "Less Than Jake" it sounds like "Less Then Jake".

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Re: Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

Postby mōdgethanc » 2017-07-20, 10:24

I pronounce "than" like "then"
It's treason, than.

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Re: Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

Postby linguoboy » 2017-07-20, 16:01

Not only are they homophones for me, but I'm pin-pen merged, so they come out as /ðɪn/.

Historically, they're the same word. I think it's silly to have a distinct spelling for the comparative use because there's little or no chance of ambiguity.
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Re: Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-04, 5:39

It seems kind of hard not to pronounce them the same in casual speech at least.

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Re: Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

Postby Babbsagg » 2017-10-05, 1:32

I do pronounce them differently, then with /ɛ/ and than with an almost /a/-like /æ/. I don't know if that's some sort of (slightly Northern) British dialect I've picked up or if it's just some bullshit I've made up.

I am curious now if Brits pronounce them differently, especially Northerners.
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Re: Do you pronounce "than" the same as "then"?

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-05, 2:17

Apparently, even Americans sometimes say /ðæn/ for stressed than.

EDIT: Brits don't necessarily pronounce them differently, either - not even northern Brits, it seems.


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