My question is about the pronunciation of the T of the word complaint.

On one hand, I work for a company where I deal with different nationalities. Some Egyptians, Indians, and other nationalities don't pronounce the T. Also, I learned that people in the USA don't pronounce the T when it comes after the N. That's why I think I should pronounce it.

On the other hand, This dictionary pronounce the T.

If they both are pronounced the same way, what about writing? Can I use "complain" as a noun and a verb?

closed as off-topic by FumbleFingers, Eddie Kal, Davo, shin, Hellion Oct 1 '18 at 19:47

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    Maybe some Egyptians, Indians, and other nationalities don't pronounce the T, but they're not native Anglophones. I'm not aware of any truly native "dialect" where this might happen, unless maybe you're thinking of the way people like me (somewhat "Cockney" BrE) might well enunciate a glottal stop instead of an actual /t/ in many contexts (particularly, before a vowel, as in I've had a complainʔ about your work). For all practical purposes you should just forget about this and assume "T-less" complain is always a verb. – FumbleFingers Sep 26 '18 at 14:04
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    "Also, I learned that people in the USA don't pronounce the T when it comes after the N." I'm not sure where you heard this, but it is not true. complain and complaint are definitely pronounced differently everywhere in the USA that I know of. – stangdon Sep 26 '18 at 14:08
  • complaint is a noun; complain is a verb. advise is a verb; advice is a noun. Difference in pronunciation matters. AmE speakers most certainly use the t in complaint. Whatever makes you think they do not? "We made a complaint to the company". "We made a complain." sounds completely wrong and non-fluent in the language... – Lambie Sep 26 '18 at 14:08
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's asking about the validity of a "mispronunciation" that doesn't actually occur among native speakers. – FumbleFingers Sep 26 '18 at 14:20
  • @FumbleFingers So you mean that the T should be pronounced. That answers my question. Thank you, – user2824371 Sep 26 '18 at 15:02

"Complain" is a verb, period.

I want to complain.

"Complaint" is a noun, period.

I want to register a complaint.

There should be a clear and noticeable difference in how these are pronounced, although it might take a while to hear this with various regional accents.

However, if "complaint" is followed by a word that begins with a "t" sound, then (depending on the person's diction) the two might blend into each other:

I want to make a complaint to the manager. ("I wanna makea complainto the manager")

  • Right,it comes out as complainto.....:) – Lambie Sep 26 '18 at 18:51

You are correct that many American English speakers frequently do not pronounce the t at the end of complaint. At least, they do not pronounce it as a plosive. Rather, they glottalize it to some extent.

Speakers who do this, however, will generally shorten the vowel of the second syllable, removing any ambiguity between complain and complaint. In writing, it would never be correct to omit the final t from the noun complaint.

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