Someone "corrected" me for saying "often" as "offen" instead of "OFF-tin". I'd learned that the "t" is silent; when did this rule change?
- Anonymous3 weeks agoFavourite answer
Every time you cross a border, the rules change.
Where I come from, we say almost all of the letters most of the time. Some swallowing of sounds.
Silent k words like knife and knee we do say as nife and nee.
We don't say AFF ri ker for Africa,
or WAHW tah for water.
If the word ends with an a, we say an a. If the word ends with er, we say er.
Going and doing are not pronounced as goin and doin.
I pronounce the t in often, but not strongly. However, the words soften, fasten, listen I don't pronounce the t. Go figure!
- HMFanLv 73 weeks ago
I learned it as “off-en.” I was wondering when “by accident” changed to “on accident.”
- RPLv 73 weeks ago
The rule didn't change. The word often is pronounced, off - en, accent on first syllable. The "t" is silent.
- busterwasmycatLv 73 weeks ago
Depends on your dialect (where you are from). I grew up in southern Maine where we said "offen" but had a teacher in fourth grade who said often, which used to drive me absolutely nuts. I was certain that she was wrong. she wasn't. She just wasn't from "here". I am not sure which version I use these days, I think both, depending on who I am with. both variants are considered acceptable.
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- Karen LLv 73 weeks ago
It didn't change, at least not in the last 400 years or so. Both pronunciations are correct, although 'offen' is more common these days.
- MikeLv 73 weeks ago
You learned correctly. Whoever "corrected" you is a pompous donkey.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
it didn't change, people use both pronunciations