A linking 'r' after they're, bfore a vowel sound

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wolfbm1, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    Hello.

    They're architects: /ðɛəɹˈɑːkɪˌtɛkts/ (BE)

    They're eating their lunch: /ðɛəɹ'iːtɪŋˌðɛə'lʌntʃ/ (BE)

    There is a sort of 'r' sound linking 'they're' and 'eating' in British English. It is not optional. Is that correct?

    Thank you
     
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    It would be highly unusual to omit it. It would give a broken or staccato effect, as, if, you, were, saying, each, word, separately. Or it would be replaced by a glottal stop, for an emphatic sound. But in normal speech it's always used.
     
  3. london calling Senior Member

    SALERNO, ITALY
    UK ENGLISH
    Who said it is not optional?:confused: I tend to use it (I speak Standard British English), but I don't expect everybody to.
     

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