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I have a question about the pronunciation of these words in British accent; exactly, correctly etc. I am more familiar with the American accent, so I tend to ignore the 't' between two consonants. Do British people also skip the 't'?

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    Do you have any particular dialect of British English in mind as i suspect this may vary.
    – mdewey
    Oct 19, 2020 at 13:35
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    It varies from speaker to speaker.
    – Void
    Oct 19, 2020 at 13:46
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    And on circumstances. I might omit the 't' when saying exactly quickly, but pronounce it when saying the word with emphasis to confirm what someone had just said. Oct 19, 2020 at 13:52
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    I might say it, but you might not hear it. Oct 19, 2020 at 14:16
  • @mdewey Maybe RP?
    – DH K
    Oct 19, 2020 at 14:35

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These are the pronunciations given in Lexico's UK dictionary. The "t"s are shown as optional. It is fair to say they aren't always pronounced in casual speech.

  • exactly /ɪɡˈzak(t)li/ or /ɛɡˈzak(t)li/ (Lexico)
  • correctly /kəˈrɛk(t)li/ (Lexico)
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I am a native speaker of British English and also an accent trainer. It is very common among native speakers to drop the /t/ in 'exactly' so that it sounds like egg-ZAK-li.

It also happens to 'correctly', but in that case it is considered sloppy to drop the /t/ and say cur-REK-li.

The reason it happens is that in a cluster of three consonants, the middle consonant, is frequently dropped in casual speech.

Similar words in which the /t/ may be dropped:
directly → die-REK-li
perfectly → per-FEK-li
distinctly → dis-TINK-li

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