pronunciation of "it"

SagaSon   Monday, June 16, 2003, 01:02 GMT
can anyone give me a detailed explanattion of the pronunciaiton of the word "it" ... most of times I hear "it" it's silent.
Jim   Monday, June 16, 2003, 06:40 GMT
If you pronounce it clearly "it" is pronounced /it/ but as often happens to small words like this, it's commonly shortened to almost nothing in everyday speech. The whole word can sometime get reduced to the sound of the IPA's schwa /../.
Tom   Monday, June 16, 2003, 10:55 GMT
The "t" is usually "unreleased". When you pronounce a full (released) "t", you stop the flow of air suddenly, then slowly let the air out to make a hissing sound. With the unreleased "t", you don't let the air out.
The position of the tongue is the same with both types of "t".
scoitsh   Thursday, June 19, 2003, 10:43 GMT
it is like nit but without the n.
Simon   Thursday, June 19, 2003, 11:56 GMT
and you, scottish, are like "it" but with tw.
scottish   Friday, June 27, 2003, 09:14 GMT
oh hahahahahahahaha good show old chap you fucking ponce
Simon   Friday, June 27, 2003, 09:20 GMT
Scottish, as you aren't here to help, I can only conclude you're here to learn English. Good luck!