what is minimal pairs
Is this group of words concider to be a minimal pairs Man /pan ..yes Tacks /tax yes Flat /flap Mail/male Place /face
Minimal pairs are two words that differ in a single phonological element and have distinct meanings.
Tacks/tax and mail/male are pronounced the same, despite having distinct meaning.
Thus the tacks/tax and mail/male examples would actually be considered homophones, not minimal pairs, I think.
To add to CBauserman's answer:
You would need to make two changes, not one, to change place into face, so they aren't a minimal pair.
Thus, of the ones you listed, only man - pan and flat - flap are minimal pairs.
Asked: 2015-03-30 23:22:17 -0400
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