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Many sources believe that pronouncing the T (off-ten) is an overcorrection (or an affectation), and that the correct pronunciation is with a silent T to rhyme with "soften."

Both pronunciations are considered acceptable. In the US, however, the silent T pronunciation (of-fen) is preferred by a majority of English speakers.

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Q: What is the proper pronunciation of the word often Is the t silent or is it both ways?
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