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


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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
  • entangledbank

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    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.
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