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Is this word pronounced [ˈbuttɐ] or [ˈbutɐ] ?

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Definitely, the first pronunciation ([ˈbuttɐ]) is correct.
Double-t sounds like a long t. Tongue touches the palate, sleeps for a moment and untouches it.

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I would use [ˈbuttɐ] if this word is on its own:

После армии его будто подменили: он возмужал и стал по-другому смотреть на жизнь

and the latter in как будто:

Давай представим, как будто сейчас восемнадцатый век: нет ни компьютеров, ни телефонов
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    I'd use [ˈbuttɐ] for both :). Though in the second example the while word is going to receive significantly less stress in speech and end up being pronounced faster. Still, with a noticeable pause on "t". Maybe not audible for every listener but palpable for me when I am talking (making it "бута" requires me to consciously prnounce the T without stopping) – Shady_arc Jun 19 '14 at 11:51
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[ˈbuttɐ] : It has a double 't' and ends with short 'o'.

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    I'd say that it ends by sound between 'о' and 'а' – borisbn Jun 20 '14 at 9:49

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