t'

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [t̚], [ʔ], [ː] prolongation of previous sound, or silent (with pause)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English that, from Old English þæt (the, that, neuter definite article and relative pronoun).

Article[edit]

t’

  1. (Northern England) Eye dialect spelling of the. (most characteristic of Yorkshire, but also found in areas of Lancashire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Before a vowel, t’ is usually written and pronounced as if appended to the following word.
    • In He can't make up his mind if he wants one or t’other (= He can't make up his mind if he wants one or the other) t’other is pronounced [ˈtʊðə] as if spelled tother. Sometimes, especially after a consonant, it is pronounced as a glottal stop as below.
  • Before a consonant, t’ is pronounced as a glottal stop following the preceding word.
    • In I’m going down t’ road to see me mam ( = I’m going down the road to see my mother), down t’ is pronounced [daʊnʔ] as down followed by a glottal stop.
  • t’ is sometimes not pronounced at all, having no glottal stop, resulting in a slight pause or lengthening of the preceding sound.
    • This still remains distinct from the form without a definite article: compare in t’ woods [ɪnː ˈwʊdz] with in woods [ɪn ˈwʊdz].
  • Speakers to whom the usage is not native sometimes pronounce it [tʰ] or [tʰə], either deliberately in mockery or unconsciously in ignorance.

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of to.

Preposition[edit]

t’

  1. Eye dialect spelling of to.

Catalan[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

t'

  1. Contraction of et.

Declension[edit]


French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

t'

  1. elided form of te
    Je t’ai vu.
    I saw you.
  2. (informal) elided form of tu
    T’as vu mon frère ?
    Have you seen my brother?
Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]


Haitian Creole[edit]

Adverb[edit]

t'

  1. Contraction of te.

Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (before a word starting with a, o, u, fha, fho, or fhu) /t̪ˠ/, (before a word starting with e, i, fhe, or fhi) /tʲ/

Determiner[edit]

t’

  1. (Cois Fharraige) Alternative form of d’ (your (singular))

Verb[edit]

t'

  1. (informal) Contraction of (is).
    • 1894 March 1, Peadar Mac Fionnlaoigh, “An rí nach robh le fagháil bháis”, in Irisleabhar na Gaedhilge, volume 1:5, Dublin: Gaelic Union, pages 185–88:
      T’eagla orm,” dubhairt an rí, “go bhfuil mé caillte, óir budh chóir gur mhac damh atá ’san phlúr seo.”
      “I am afraid I am lost,” said the king, “for it ought to be that this flower is a son of mine.”

Italian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

t'

  1. Apocopic form of ti
    T’odio.I hate you.

Usage notes[edit]

Commonly elides before a vowel, especially i and e.

See also[edit]


Manx[edit]

Verb[edit]

t'

  1. Apocopic form of ta