How to say "to"?
July 13, 2010 3:17 PM Subscribe
US-EnglishFilter: is there a rule for how the preposition "to" is pronounced?
posted by Rash to Writing & Language (21 answers total)
I don't perceive this difference on the other side of the pond (although I may just be an ignorant Yank) but here in America one can hear "to" pronounced two ways.
- One more common I think, probably best practice -- "to" rhymes with two.
- Alternative "to" sounds more like tuh, rhymes with 'duh' but for purpose of this discussion let's write it as "ta"
So is there any rule? Is it regional?
Examples of the first: This letter came to the wrong address, I'm going to sleep.
Examples of the second:He's listening ta the radio, I'm going ta bail early.
My ESL students want to know. I can't discern any rule yet from personal observation although I pronounce it both ways myself. Also they'd like to know about "the" (thuh or thee?) but that's another question.