Minimal Pair List Vowels 8 and 19, /ʊ/ versus / eə / 8 pairs
The /ʊ/ vowel is spelled <oo>, <u>, and <oul> in should . The / eə / diphthong is spelled <are> or <air>.
This is a contrast between a short vowel and a diphthong, widely separated in the mouth. It creates no problems.
The density figure is 0.83%. The set makes 8 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 100%, though that is insignificant in such a short list.
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