500 Words: R Sounds

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  • 1. 

    In the words "for," "short" and "color," the "or" sounds the same.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because in the words "for," "short," and "color," the "or" sounds different. In "for," the "or" sounds like /ɔːr/. In "short," the "or" sounds like /ɔːr/. In "color," the "or" sounds like /ər/. Therefore, the "or" does not sound the same in all three words.

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  • 2. 

    In the words "car," "hard" and "part," the "ar" sounds the same.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in the words "car," "hard," and "part," the "ar" sounds the same. This means that the vowel sound represented by "ar" is pronounced in the same way in all three words.

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  • 3. 

    The words "air," their" and "where" are words that rhyme.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The words "air," "their," and "where" all have the same ending sound "-air," making them rhyme. Rhyme refers to the similarity of sounds at the end of words, and in this case, these three words have that similarity. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 4. 

    There is a natural, small Y sound between a Long I vowel and the American R.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In American English pronunciation, there is a natural, small Y sound that occurs between a Long I vowel and the American R. This can be observed in words like "fire" or "tire," where the Long I sound is followed by the American R sound, creating a slight Y sound in between. This phenomenon is a characteristic of the American English accent and is true.

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  • 5. 

    "World" can be pronounced "wr-ruld."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that the word "World" can be pronounced as "wr-ruld." This pronunciation implies that the "o" sound is replaced by a combination of "r" and "u" sounds. While this may not be the most common or standard pronunciation, language is dynamic and can vary across regions and dialects. Therefore, it is possible for some individuals or groups to pronounce "World" in this manner.

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  • 6. 

    "Draw" can be pronounced "chraw."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement that "Draw" can be pronounced "chraw" is false. "Draw" is typically pronounced as "draw" with a d sound at the beginning, not "chraw".

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  • 7. 

    All American speakers pronounce all R sounds in words.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Not all American speakers pronounce all R sounds in words. Some American accents, such as the Boston or New York accents, have a tendency to drop the R sound at the end of words or syllables, a phenomenon known as r-dropping. This means that words like "car" may be pronounced as "cah" or "water" as "watah" in these accents. Therefore, the statement that all American speakers pronounce all R sounds in words is false.

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  • 8. 

    The words "here" and "hire" sound the same.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is incorrect. The words "here" and "hire" do not sound the same. "Here" is pronounced as "heer" with a long "ee" sound, while "hire" is pronounced as "hyer" with a long "i" sound. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 9. 

    The spellings "er," "ir" and "ur" have the same sound in American English.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In American English, the spellings "er," "ir," and "ur" often have the same sound. This is known as the "er" sound, which is pronounced as /ɜːr/. Examples include words like "her," "bird," and "fur." Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 10. 

    The words "hear," "near" and "learn" have the same "ear" sound.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The words "hear," "near," and "learn" do not have the same "ear" sound. While they all contain the letters "ear," the pronunciation of this sound varies in each word. In "hear," it is pronounced as /iər/; in "near," it is pronounced as /nɪər/; and in "learn," it is pronounced as /ɜːr/. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 11. 

    "Or" sounds like "er" in some words, especially on unstressed syllables.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in some words, especially on unstressed syllables, the sound "or" can be pronounced as "er." This is a common phenomenon in English pronunciation, where certain vowel sounds may vary depending on the stress and position within a word.

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  • 12. 

    The "or" and "er" in the word "order" have the same sound.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the "or" and "er" in the word "order" do not have the same sound. The "or" in "order" is pronounced as /ɔr/ while the "er" is pronounced as /ər/. Therefore, they have different sounds.

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  • 13. 

    The "ar" in "warm" actually sounds like "or."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that the "ar" in "warm" is pronounced as "or." This is a common pronunciation rule in English where the letter combination "ar" is often pronounced as "or" in words like "warm," "car," and "park." Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 14. 

    The words "war," "warm, "work" and "word" have the same "or" sound.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the words "war," "warm," "work," and "word" do not have the same "or" sound. "War" and "warm" have the same "ar" sound, while "work" and "word" have the same "or" sound.

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  • 15. 

    There is a small Y sound before the "u" in "cure."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in the word "cure," there is indeed a small Y sound before the "u." This is because the letter "c" is pronounced as /s/ before the letters "e," "i," and "y." Therefore, when saying "cure," the "c" is pronounced as /s/ and is followed by the "y" sound before the "u."

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  • 16. 

    Pronounce all R's with equal weight, whether first, middle or last.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false because in standard English pronunciation, the weight or emphasis on the letter "r" can vary depending on its position within a word. In some cases, the "r" sound is pronounced more prominently at the beginning or end of a word, while in other cases it may be softer or even silent in the middle of a word. Therefore, not all "r" sounds are pronounced with equal weight.

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  • 17. 

    "Bird," "during" and "heard" have the same vowel + R sound.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that the words "Bird," "during," and "heard" all contain the same vowel sound followed by the letter "r." In phonetics, this is known as the vowel + R sound. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 18. 

    You can pronounce "country" as "cunchree."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because pronunciation can vary from person to person and region to region. While the standard pronunciation of "country" is "cuhn-tree," it is possible for some individuals or dialects to pronounce it as "cunchree." Therefore, it is correct to say that "country" can be pronounced as "cunchree."

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