Decoding the letter F

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friend /frend/

IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
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
price mouth choice

The letter F, lowercase f (pronounced /ef/) very reliably represents IPA phoneme /f/. For examples see IPA phoneme /f/.


  • "of" is pronounced /əv/. Stressed it is pronounced /ɒv/BrE or /ʌv/AmE

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