Decoding exercises: "th"

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ð

this /ðɪs/

θ

think /θɪŋk/

The digraph "th" very reliably is pronounced either /θ/ or /ð/. See Pronunciation exercises: /θ/ vs /ð/.

This page shows the exceptions.

IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
e
dress face square
ɪ ɪə
kit fleece near
ɒ əʊ ɔː
lot goat taught
ʊ ʊə
foot goose mature
juː jʊə
cute cure
ʌ ə ɜː
strut comma nurse
ɔɪ
price mouth choice
IPA consonants
Normal sound: /b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, z/
 ʃ  ŋ
show church sing
ʒ  j 
usual judge you
θ ð s
think that see
IPA Stress
ˈ Primary stress
hotel /həʊˈtel/
ˌ Secondary stress
understand
/ˌʌndərˈstænd/
IPA Syllabification
. nitrate /ˈnaɪ.treɪt/, night-rate /ˈnaɪt.reɪt/


Silent "h"[edit]

  • "th" as /t/: AnthonyBrE - Esther - Neanderthal /niˈændərtɑːl/ - Thailand /ˈtaɪlænd/ - Thames /temz/ - Theresa - Thomas - Thompson - thyme
  • posthumous /ˈpɒstjʊməs,BrE ˈpɒstʃəməsAmE/

/t.h/[edit]

/t/ and /h/ are sound separately in compound words

  • anthill - lighthouse - masthead

Spelling anomalies[edit]

  • /tθ/: eighth /eɪtθ, eɪθ/

Variant pronunciations[edit]

  • clothes /kləʊðz, kləʊz[1]/

References[edit]

  1. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionaries, clothes.

See also[edit]

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