There are two common places that a final /t/ is deleted, or dropped, from the pronunciation of a word. Note that when the /t/ is dropped, the sound before the /t/ must link smoothly into the following word.
1. Deleting /t/ Between Consonants
When a word ending in consonant +/t/ links into a word beginning with a consonant, the final /t/ of the first word is often deleted.
Practice linking the dropped /t/ (between consonants):
1. first‿day: Sam's first‿day of school is tomorrow.
2. left‿my: I left‿my keys in the restaurant.
3. best‿friends: The twins are best‿friends.
4. interest‿rates: Interest‿rates have remained low.
5. rest‿during: Try to get some rest‿during the flight.
2. Deleting /t/ Between /nt/ and a Vowel Sound
When a word ending in /nt/ links into a word beginning with a vowel sound, the final /t/ is often deleted.
Practice linking the dropped /t/ (between /nt/ and vowel sound):
1. percent‿of: A percent‿of the profits are given to charity.
2. president‿announced: Our company president‿announced her retirement.
3. patient‿asked: The patient‿asked for another pillow.
4. apartment‿in: She moved into an apartment‿in the city.
5. accident‿occurred: The accident‿occurred early in the morning.