Minimal Pair List Consonant /ð/ versus null, 67 pairs
The /ð/ sound is spelled with <th> or <the>. Notice how owe appears twice, in the plural contrasting with oaths and in the singular with though .
As /ð/ is fairly rare, only occurring in 593 words in the dictionary, this was an easy list to work out manually. The contrast is not a source of difficulty where it occurs at the start of the syllable, but is much harder when syllable-final, even for native speakers.
The density value is 11.3%. The list makes 49 semantic distinctions, a loading of 73%.
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