1 : having or showing a kind and quiet nature : not harsh, stern, or violent He was a large but gentle man. 2 : not hard or forceful a gentle wind. 3 : not strong or harsh in quality or effect a gentle soap. 4 : not steep or sharp gentle hills.
What means gently?
calmly, kindly, or softly: He lifted the baby gently out of its crib. to smile/laugh/blow gently. without force or strength: The door closed gently.
How do you pronounce gentel?
Is the T silent in exactly?
In practice, yes it is virtually silent unless one makes a special effort to pronounce it. When we have a consonant cluster here /ktl/ one sound is often not heard. The linguistice term for it is “dissimilation”.
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