Minimal Pair List Vowels 12 and 19, /ə/ versus / eə / 8 pairs

The schwa is spelled <er> or <or> in this list. The / eə / diphthong is spelled <air>, <are>, and <è> in the loan word première .

This is a contrast between a short vowel which is always unstressed and a diphthong. It is not in itself a problem for learners.

The density figure is 0.83%. The set makes 5 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 63%.

coarser corsair
cos cares 		  
courser coursair
  coursers corsairs 
hector hectare 
  hectors hectares 
premier première 
  premiers premières