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I am wondering how to pronounce "in that", where in that is a synonym for because. I have little understanding of reduction. Is it right to pronounce it /inə/?

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You would pronounce 'in that' as two separate words in the normal way that those two words are pronounced. Why would you want to 'reduce' it?

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  • I learned that 'that',as a function words, is often reduced to pronounced as /ðə/ or /ðət/.However, I found that several English listening materials pronounce 'in that' as /inə/ – algebraic lee Aug 23 '18 at 13:18
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    Reduction is what makes speech sound natural. If you pronounce each word separately, you will end up sounding robotic. – Dr Sitecore Aug 23 '18 at 13:25
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    PS: that's not to say that every word can be reduced, but we tend to say "coulda" instead of "could have" and so on. The rule of thumb is that content words are generally stressed and function words are generally reduced. – Dr Sitecore Aug 23 '18 at 13:33
  • It is a matter of register, to some extent. I speak with less contraction at a business or academic meeting or in a court of law than I would over drinks or blunts with my homies. Nobody at the meetings or in the courts thinks I am a robot. – Michael Harvey Aug 23 '18 at 13:56
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Personally, I would not understand what "/inə/" was supposed to mean. First, I would best understand /ɪ/ as the first syllable, same as "in". At least where I have lived, people would also retain all the consonants.

Overall, if speaking quickly, I would probably say it as /ɪn.ðət/. I'd say it as one word, and with the vowel of "that" reduced to a schwa, but it would still be recognizable as the original words.

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