The question have confused me for a long time. How to distinguish "are" and "aren't" in American accent? Usually, the pronunciations are:
- are is pronounced as /ə/ or /ɑ:r/
- aren't is pronounced as /'ɑːrənt/
According to my hearing, many Americans would omit the final /t/ in aren't, making it /'ɑːrən/, which is very close to the pronunciation of are(/ɑ:r/). In fact, I almost cannot find any difference.You can hear this sentence here. It says: These aren't the only governors touting comebacks. But for me, the aren't in the sentence is more like an are, isn't it? Can anyone tell me how to distinguish the two words? Thanks.