Minimal Pair List Consonants /r/ versus /ʧ/, 147 pairs

   Minimal pair: Consonants /r/ versus /ʧ/, 147 pairs

The /r/ sound is spelled with <r>, <rr> or <wr> in wreck . The /ʧ/ sound is spelled with <ch> or <tch>.

This is a contrast between a voiced alveolar retroflex continuant and a voiceless alveolar affricate. It only ocurs initially or medially. Some of the medial pairs, such as marring/marching , only arise because of a linking -r introduced by the -ing inflection. It is not a problem.

Interesting pairs include:

redder Cheddar
terrier tetchier

The mean density value is 1.2%. The lists make 77 semantic distinctions, a loading of 52%.

Carrie catchy
carrier catchier
carries catches
cowries couches 
error etcher
  errors etchers
ferries fetches
harries hatches
hurries hutches
marries matches
marring marching 
parries patches
parry patchy
purring perching 
race chase 
  raced chased 
  races chases 
  racing chasing 
racer chaser 
  racers chasers 
raft chaffed 
rain chain 
  rained chained 
  raining chaining 
  rains chains 
rein chain 
  reined chained 
  reining chaining 
  reins chains 
reign chain 
  reigned chained 
  reigning chaining 
  reigns chains 
raj charge 
rajah charger
  rajahs chargers 
ramp champ 
  ramped champed 
  ramping champing 
  ramps champs 
range change 
  ranged changed 
  ranges changes 
  ranging changing 
rap chap 
  rapped chapped 
  rapping chapping 
  raps chaps 
rare chair 
raring chairing 
rat chat 
  rats chats 
  ratted chatted 
  ratting chatting 
ratter chatter 
  ratters chatters 
ratty chatty 
  rattier chattier 
  rattiest chattiest 
rattle chattel 
  rattles chattels 
raw chaw 
raw chore
reaper cheaper 
rear cheer 
  reared cheered 
  rearing cheering 
  rears cheers 
redder Cheddar 
reef chief 
  reefs chiefs 
reek cheek
  reeked cheeked 
  reeks cheeks
rest chest 
  rests chests 
Rex Czechs 
Rex cheques
Rex checks
Rhine chine
Rhyl chill
rhyme chime 
  rhymed chimed 
  rhymes chimes 
  rhyming chiming 
ride chide
  rides chides 
  riding chiding 
riled child 
rink chink 
  rinks chinks 
Rita cheetah
rive chive 
  rives chives 
roar chaw
  roars chaws
  roared chawed 
roar chore 
  roars chores
rock choc 
  rocked chocked 
  rocking chocking 
  rocks chocks 
rood chewed 
rose chose
rouse chows 
row chow 
  rows chows
ruck chuck 
  rucked chucked 
  rucking chucking 
  rucks chucks 
rude chewed
rue chew 
  rues chews
  ruing chewing
  rued chewed
rug chug 
  rugs chugs 
rum chum 
rummy chummy 
rump chump 
  rumps chumps 
ruse chews
Ryde chide
scorer scorcher 
  scorers scorchers 
scoring scorching 
starry starchy 
  starrier starchier 
  starriest starchiest 
starring starching 
terrier tetchier
Terry tetchy
Tories torches
wreck Czech 
  wrecks Czechs
wreck cheque
  wrecks cheques  
wreck check
  wrecks checks
  wrecked checked 
  wrecking checking  
wrecker checker 
  wreckers checkers 
writ chit
  writs chits