Why connection is "pronounced" as C while "concert" is pronounced as K

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I was wondering why connection is pronounced with C while concert is pronounced with K.

Shantanu Gupta

Posted 2015-01-29T16:46:41.973

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Question was closed 2015-01-29T17:43:53.333

2Take a look at the link in my previous comment. We refer to the "K" version of c as a "hard C" and the "S" version as a "soft C." – Adam – 2015-01-29T17:14:22.460

@Adam I'm not sure where the 'soft C' is in 'connection'. Perhaps OP is referring to the 'sh' sound in '-tion' – p.s.w.g – 2015-01-29T17:41:12.950

@p.s.w.g I don't think there is a soft c - I just thought mentioning the hard and soft terminology might help him get started on the other page. – Adam – 2015-01-29T17:45:14.663

Answers

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What do you mean by as C?

Connection is pronounced with the same initial K sound as concert.

By as C do you mean an S sound? If so, where did you encounter connection pronounced as sonnection?

user6951

Posted 2015-01-29T16:46:41.973

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I do wonder if the OP thinks the 'sh' sound after the 'c' is coming from the 'c'? Both of the 'C's in connection are, of course, hard. It is the 'tio' combination which makes the 'sh' sound, but that could be where the confusion lies... – michelle – 2015-01-29T19:39:29.360