troubleshooting Question

special characters in linux - when is \t a tab or the time

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Hi

I'm not sure in linux how the difference between special characters work. When is \t a tab or the time. If i wanted to output a tab i could write

echo $'\t'

but if i wanted to set the shell prompt to show the time i would write

PS1='\t'

Why are they treated differently when both times i am creating a string?

thanks
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