The vowel Sound of a as in ask

This is a sound between a as in arm and a as in at. But the sound used by the majority of speakers in these words is either that of a in arm or a in at.

Equivalent au in laugh

Phonetic Symbol, æ

after

waft

raft

quaff

asked

fast

staff

prance

answer

vast

shaft

branch

pasture

task

chance

trance

basket

dance

cast

class

master

last

gasp

glance

  1. Blanche left the fancy basket on the grass.
  2. The chaff was wafted upward to the rafters.
  3. The masked lass danced to the clicking of castanets.
  4. At last, he granted what they asked.
  5. His master grasped the rasping branch.
  6. They took the path near the grassy lawn and passed on to the pasture.
  7. Fast on the soldier's path; darken waves of wrath.
  8. And come he slow, or come he fast, It is but death who comes at last.