Are these two sentences pronounced the same? La donna ha il burro and La donna il burro.

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    Where have you seen "La donna il burro"? It's not a well constructed sentence, since it lacks of verb. – Charo Dec 19 '19 at 22:38
  • I am aware of that. I am asking if Ha is just not pronounced. – Hank Dec 19 '19 at 23:47
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    What makes you think that “ha” is not pronounced? – egreg Dec 20 '19 at 9:56
  • I never hear "ha" after donna. I thought you did not say donna-a il but rather donna il. Certain sounds seem to dissapear when people speak. Should I not just let certain sounds dissapear (Elision?)? – Hank Dec 20 '19 at 13:55

The two phrases are pronounced differently, and the difference lies in a longer “a” and, in some marked articulations, perhaps in some kind of light (glottal?) stop between donna and ha: something like /la'dɔn:aʔail'bur:o/. Let's say, empirically, that in La donna ha il burro there is definitely one more syllable than in La donna il burro.

But we'd need here a professional phonetician.

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  • I think I get it. – Hank Dec 20 '19 at 14:48

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