When the consonant sound at the end of a word is the same sound that starts the next word, we pronounce the consonant only once if it is a continuant sound. Continuants can be held, like s can be held out: sssssssss. Stopped sounds cannot be held, for example p cannot be drawn out to ppppp.
Continuant consonants include f, v, s, z, th, sh, m, n, l and r.
if friends sounds like iffriends
have very sounds like havvery
bus station sounds like busstation
has zero sounds like hazzero
with thought sounds like withought
wish she sounds like wishee
I’m moving sounds like I’mmoving
clean knife sounds like cleannife
feel like sounds like feellike
or red sounds like orred
When the ending consonant is a stopped consonant, we also link to the next consonant, but instead of continuing the sound into the next sound, we stop the consonant and don’t release the air. So when we say the word “stop” by itself, the p has a puff of air following it. When we say the phrase “stop that,” we stop our p sound but don’t release the puff of air. You can listen to the recordings of the examples to hear these phrases unlinked and linked.
Stopped consonants include: p, b, t, d, k, g