No, neither of the t’s in “dentist” is silent. Dentist= DENT-IST. Dental= DENT-al. Both T’s are sounded.
How do the British say dentist?
How do you say dentist in America?
If the T is stuck between two vowels, it is pronounced as a D. If it is after an N, it is not pronounced. I heard people pronounce “dentist” as “denist”. The American “t” can be a bit tricky if you are not used to it (or hearing it).
How is an pronounced?
A becomes a (ay), and an becomes an (aan). And if we’re saying the letter of the alphabet, we say Ay. What about the? Again, we don’t normally stress that either, but sometimes we can and then the pronunciation changes to the (thee).
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