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When speaking a pair of words such as "seven nine" or "test tube" people will generally omit the consonant which starts the second word, and will in fact say something like "seven'ine" or "test'ube". This phenomenon is called co-articulation, and was invented by people to make sentences easier to say and to make life difficult for developers of voice recognition systems. If your voice recognizer can cope with co-articulation, you have a continuous recognizer, and you can laugh at Your competitors who merely have connected or discrete recognizers.