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The English consonant are (24) twenty four. A consonant is a speech sound which is produced with obstruction of airstream. The obstruction could be “partial” or “table”. For instance, when consonant like /p/ is produced, the flow of air is obstructed by the lips. The obstruction here is called a total obstruction because the flow of air is completely obstructed for a while. But when consonant like /f/ is produced, the flow of air is partially obstructed by the lower lip and the upper teeth.

 

The important thing about the production of a consonant, therefore, is that is always a degree of obstruction of the air is one of the three important factor used in classifying the English consonants.

Classification of Consonant. These are:

(i)         Place of Articulation

(ii)        State of Glottis

(iii)       Manner of Articulation

The following are the twenty four consonant sound.

P, b, t, d, k, g, f, v,    ,    , s, z, s,     ,      ,      ,       ,r, w, j, m, n, J.

 

Most consonant can occur at the beginning, middle and end of words but a few of these consonant are restricted to certain positions.

/p/ as in pan, Happy, Nap

/b/ as in Bud, Rubber, Rub

/t/ as in Tea, Heater, Seat.

/d/ as in dip, ridder, hide

/k/ as in come, marking, pack

/g/ as in get, target, rag

/f/ as in fork, suffer, cough

/v/ as in van, river, live

/   / as in think, anthem, both

/    / as in this, father, breathe

/    /as in sip, racing, place

/ z/ as in Zink, razor, has

/    / as in shop, lashes, fish

/    / as in genre, vision,garage

/h/  as in hat, behave

/tj/ as in cheap, ricer, teach

/dz/ as in joy, rejoice, page

/l/ as in lock, follow, sell

/r/ as in rag, borrow

/w/ as in win, rewind

/j/ as in yes

/m/ as in man, remain, him,

/n/ as in net, runner, rain

/    / as in singer, hang

(and more)

 

See also

LEXICAL AND AUXILASRY VERBS

FIGURES OF SPEECH

ESSAY WRITING

SQUENCE OF TENSES

CLUSTERS OF TWO CONSONANTS

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