The P and F sounds

The P and F sounds

Pronunciation: The “p” and “f” sounds

Minimal Pairs

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Face Pace Suffer Supper Cuff Cup
Fill Pill Differ Dipper Chief Cheap
Fan Pan Laughable Lapable Cough Cop
Full Pull Chiefest Cheapest Chaff Chap
Flop Plop Refs Reps Beef Beep
Fast Past Coffer Copper Laugh Lap
Fair Pair Reefer Reaper Puff Pup
Fail Pail Coughs Cops Rife Ripe
File Pile Left Leapt Strife Stripe

In Phrases

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A cup of coffee, please
Offer him an apple
The cup’s half empty
Keep a fast pace
Please pass the fruit
The first place prize
Fair play or foul play
Pay the piper/pay the fifer

Sentences

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Stand up and face the press, Mr. President.
In Faye’s days, the phrase was “Flower Power.”
The fish were fresh from the produce shelf.
Fools laugh now, but they will pay later.
Fran’s plan was referred to the higher-ups.
The party’s at a quarter past four.
“Get off the phone, Fred,” snapped Father.
Paul can’t help fumbling the football.
“That’s enough, Penny,” replied Mr. Phillips.

Poetry

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Taffy was a Welshman; Taffy was a thief.
Taffy came to my house and stole a leg of beef.
I went to Taffy’s house; Taffy was in bed.
I took the leg of beef and bopped him on the head.
Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the pieman, “Let me taste your ware.”
Said the pieman to Simple Simon, “Show me first your penny.”
Said Simple Simon to the pieman, “Indeed I have not any.”