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Is it true that we pronounce it as:
"How A they"
And we miss "re"?

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  • Only if you speak like New Englanders who drop "r" when they speak.
    – Katherine
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 12:56
  • Generally in BrE the R sound is much softer than that in, say Spanish, and is almost a different consonant to the French R. Many speakers will pronounce the R in "are", some won't sound it at all: like "How ah they?" Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 12:56
  • Thank you guys, @WeatherVane with "How ah they?" it's clear to me but I can't hear "h" sound anyway!
    – WorldLover
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 14:04
  • @WorldLiver, what are you listening to? Where's the speaker from?
    – Void
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 14:22
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    @WorldLover The 'h' in 'ah' is silent. It is there to make the pronunciation sound like the interjection spelled "ah", rather than like the indefinite article "a". Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 15:54

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In non-rhotic accents, the R sound is not pronounced unless it comes before a vowel sound.

For example: Are -> /ɑː/ (no R sound because there is no vowel sound after R).

Brother -> /brʌðə/ (it does have R sound because there is a vowel sound after R).

On the other hand, speakers of rhotic accents pronounce their R's. (Rhoticity)

Example: Speakers of rhotic accents might pronounce 'are' as /ɑːr/ (with R sound).

In 'are they', the /r/ sound precedes a consonant sound /ð/ (th), so the R sound is not pronounced (non-rhotic accents).

Speakers of rhotic accents might pronounce 'are they' with /r/ sound.

☆RP (Standard British accent) is non-rhotic while General American accent is rhotic.

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