In a sentence such as the one below:Just the 's' is pronounced and not 'es' - tasts (where 'a' is pronounced as in mate, kate)
I'm an AE speaker. It's difficult to pronounce STS. It is even harder to pronounce STSF. For me, "tastes" is the same as "tests" or "scientists", which can also occur before F:It tastes funny.
Do native speakers pronounce the "sts" sound fully (as in "tests" and "scientists"), or do they simply skip the t sound (elision) and pronounce it like a long s sound?
Do you or other native speakers have to consciously slow down in order to pronounce such "sts" consonant clusters?So do I. I don't find it difficult. English speakers are used to consonant clusters. They are difficult for speakers whose languages don't permit them.