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The ship / sheep Merger. Confusing the sounds twenty and TREE

Ship Sheep

phone soundtree -ee- sound egg sound fish sound Can you repeat these word pairs and hear the difference between them? What do they mean? Make sentences with the words.

Word list

Listen. For each pair, decide which word you hear. Type your answer, in the comments below, as a string of question numbers and answers. Eg: "1a 2b 3a 4c 5a 6c"
Note: The sound is not always shorter for the -i- in ship. Listen for the different sound. When the short -i sound is shouted, it may be made longer, BUT it is still recognisable as a short -i from the different quality of the sound. (See the last example below )
    1. whip
    2. weep
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    1. knit
    2. neat
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    1. lip
    2. leap
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    1. wit
    2. wheat
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    1. bit
    2. beet
    3. beat
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    1. chip
    2. cheap
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    1. did
    2. deed
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    1. dim
    2. deem
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    1. dip
    2. deep
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    1. fist
    2. feast
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    1. his
    2. he's
    audio
    1. hit
    2. heat
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    1. live
    2. leave
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    1. mill
    2. meal
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    1. pit
    2. peat
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    1. rid
    2. read
    audio
    1. rip
    2. reap
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    1. seek
    2. sick
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    1. sis
    2. cease
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    1. sit
    2. seat
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    1. bit
    2. beat
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    1. ship
    2. sheep
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I don't bite!!

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This merger problem is very common - What do you think?

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