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Could you please tell me what is the best way to pronounce often (BrE): "Of-T-en" or "Ofen"

Thank you in advance!
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The former.
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Marvin A.The former.
I beg to differ: both pronunciations are used, accepted and correct. In other words, none is better than the other.
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>> I beg to differ: both pronunciations are used, accepted and correct. In other words, none is better than the other.<<

Oh really? I thought that the latter was rather stigmatized in British English.
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The latter was previously the 'correct' version in British English but nowadays you will often hear often with the 't' as well. Either way is currently acceptable but I'd say that educated speakers still tend to miss out the t.
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This was one of my mother's pet hates - we would always be corrected for saying 'of-ten' rather than 'offen'. Another dictat was that 'forehead' be pronounced 'fo-rred'.
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The pronunciation with /t/ is a spelling pronunciation - it was pronounced without /t/ until the 1800s, when it began to be pronounced with /t/ because it was spelled with T. I think that the pronounciation of "forehead" that Ruby Rose describes is another example.
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What a confusing topic. Gosh I need to post this question because I'm getting crazy.

How a PhD in English would pronounce Often in London?
How do you pronoune this word?
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How a PhD in English would pronounce Often in London? I don't know. I live in California.
How do you pronounce this word? To rhyme with soften, i.e., without the T sound.

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