I have read in Oxford dictionary that in British English you don't pronounce "r" at the end of a word or when a word ends in "re" , if the next word starts in a consonant. If the next word starts in a vowel, you pronounce "r"
His car was old. -> [ca:]
His car isn't old -> [car]

What about "here" in these phrases? Do we act in a similar way?

here you are [hie]
here is [hier]
when "here" is alone -> here/in here [hie]

Am I right? Could somebody explain it?

Thanks in advance!
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Thank you very much for the link. The subject is quite interesting and I know more and more about it. Could someone recommend a book or a chapter where the British and American Pronunciation is simply explained.
DominikI think that "y" is a consonant. You pronounce it like [j] so in my opinion it should be [hieju:a:] in "here you are" but I'm not sure because everyone pronounces it differently Emotion: smile
Maybe you're right. I tend to pronounce it in a rather vocalic way, but if you heard me speaking English then you'd know why I've told you not to trust me too much! Emotion: stick out tongue
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My English probably isn't better. Let's wait maybe the British will voice their opinion.
DominikThank you very much for the link. The subject is quite interesting and I know more and more about it. Could someone recommend a book or a chapter where the British and American Pronunciation is simply explained.

Wikipedia is your friend. Emotion: smile
1. Here it is.

2. Here comes X.

Although the /r/ is pronounced in #1, in BrE, it's very light: not at all as strong as the /r/ in "rats", for instance, or the AmE pronunciation of "here".

Additionally, this would probably only apply to standard southern English: in some forms of Estuary English, for instance, you would hear a glottal stop in #1, rather than an /r/. In Scottish English (and some rural dialects), you would probably hear the /r/ in both #1 and #2.

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Thank you very much for your explanation. It's very interesting and complicated at the same time.
Thanks also for the link about British and American pronunciation differences.

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I'm sorry that I don't know how to use the IPA or other pronunciation symbols, but there are also accents within the US where the R is not strong - the Boston accent is frequently made fun of with the phrase "pahk the cah in the Hahvahd yahd" where the r's disappear almost entirely. In fact, after living in New England for so long, I answer to "Bob" because that's what "Barb" sounds like. (The non-prevocalic R goes away.) In Maine, words that end in -er are pronounced like they end in -uh -- like if you speak softly, you are speaking in a "whispuh." (There is a net conservation of R's however, because they throw them on the end of words that end in a vowel, like "pizza" becoming "peetzer" and "Augusta" becoming "Auguster." So there is balance in the universe.) In Downeast Maine, "here" is close to "hee-yuh."
Thank you very much for your statement. I also don't know the IPA well. I use dictionary. I think that it is good that the languages are so diversified. The world is more interesting and fascinating because of that Emotion: smile

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To summarise everyone's comments Dominik - and also agree with you original statement - it's safe to say that, when learning British English, the "r" should not normally be pronounced EXCEPT when the following word starts with a vowel, where it always should. The letter "y" very rarely acts as a vowel at the start of words in English so normally the "r" would not normally be sounded. For example in "That is their yatch" you wouldn't sound the "r".

Most British speakers combine words in phrases like "there is" into a single continuous sound and the r is sounded for convenience. This is less common in German, where words starting with vowels are still seperated from the previous word, although ironically, in German, the written words are more likely to be combined into one!

Having said that, some British accents (Scottish, Lancashire, Cornish etc) pronounce "r"s at the end of words - like in American English - but these are regional differences that I wouldn't worry about when learning English!
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