Pronunciation Reduction Them
I want them.
Them is commonly reduced to only em, producing the schwa sound. This is unlike them when it is produced on its own, producing a voiced th sound along with a short e and the consonant mm. Them, them, them. The short e sound also makes a schwa sound.
Here are a few examples of them reduced to the em sound:
- I want them. I want em.
- She needs them. She needs em.
- They love them. They love em.
- Walk with them. Walk with em.
Now that the sound is reduced to a simple em sound, the words before it will typically link with the reduced sound. Here are a few examples of connected speech linking to the reduced em sound:
- Give them to me. Gi vem to me.
- Do you need them? Do you nee dem?
- She gave them the keys. She gaa vem the keys.
- They took them. They too kem.