How are you supposed to say/pronounce 'Soften'?

I'm from UK, and I've only ever heard it said 'sof un'. But watching youtube video's with my daughter on slime making, most people say it 'sof tun'.

Which got me thinking, you say the T in 'Softer' but never herd it said in 'soften'

Which is correct? Or is it just pronounced differently in America?

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  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    I'm American, and I have never heard the T pronounced in "soften".

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    The t is usually silent but in some dialects it is pronounced.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    It's like "often"-- no t.

  • Gert
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    It's 'sof-un'.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago
    Source(s): dutch/NL
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  • 2 weeks ago

    According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (of American English language), it should be pronounced "sȯ-fən".  The "t" is silent.

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  • Barry
    Lv 4
    2 weeks ago

    Yes the 't' is silent in soften in the UK. Incidentally I have never heard anyone pronounce February correctly. I lapse also.

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    • RE
      Lv 7
      2 weeks agoReport

      I was recently gratified to hear my 10-year-old grandson pronounce February correctly ... and carefully.

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