when is the short a pronounced?
sorry if this noob question has been asked before, but how do I know when to pronounce the hidden short a ?
example: औरत aurat the ra is pronounced. I guess the ta is not because it comes last
आढमी aadamee, the d and m are not half letters but the da is silent for some reason, it’s more like aadmee...is there a rule I have missed?
The short 'a' is always deleted at the end of a word. In the middle of a word, it is deleted if the following consonant is associated with a vowel that is not deleted. The second rule has quite a few exceptions though.
For example, in औरत, the 'a' associated with त is deleted because it is at the end of the word. The 'a' associated with र is pronounced because the succeeding consonant (त) is not associated with a vowel (since the 'a' has been deleted).
In आदमी (not आढमी), the 'a' associated with द is deleted because the succeeding consonat (मी) is associated with a vowel (ई).