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Words with the 'R' 'r' sound of RABBIT

Red lorry yellow lorry. Sometimes the letter 'r' modifies a vowel sound and is not pronounced as it is in the word red.

Radio

Sound

Frog

Sound

Raspberry

Sound

How to pronouce -R- in English : 'Running rabbits'

Sound To make this sound The tongue should not touch any teeth or other part of your mouth. This is a voiced consonant so make a sound with your vocal chords. (Note: In American English this sound is made by curling the tongue up a little and tensing the open lips forwards. The resulting sound is harsher than British English) Linking 'r' If a word ends with the letter 'r' then the Right sound is produced to connect strongly with the start of the next word if it begins with a vowel sound. If the next word begins with a consonant sound then the Sound sound is not produced. For example: Four apples SoundSound SoundSound SoundSound SoundFour cars /Sound SoundSound SoundSound
Intrusive 'r'
There are some dialects of British English that possess what is called an intrusive 'r', which nowadays has become very common in England. It can occur between two words that are linked or even in the middle of words with certain suffixes. Eg:

  1. Asia/r/, africa/r/ and Europe
  2. Draw/r/ing
  3. Withdraw/r/al
  4. "I saw/r/ a film today, oh boy!"
    A day in the life - The Beatles

There is also no right/ sound for the -er- combinations- er (her), ir (first), ur (burn), wor (word), ear (learn)- or (form, or), and (barn). Note: In US English right sound is pronounced at the end of words and when it occurs in , or, ir, ur, wor, er, ar,- car, pair, her, first, burn, word, learn, form, or, barn.

Not sounded

Often when the -r- occurs after a vowel it is not pronounced but modifies the vowel sound.

earn burn warn born bird car far care hair tear wear where fear ear near clear dear we're park dark lark.

radio, break, carry, write, rabbit, drink, hurry, wrist, record, memory, parrot, wrap, round, drink, arrow, wrong, dry, great, read, very, brown, screw, really, breath, from, scrape.

free, screen, ring, material, proud, friend, sprout, garage, produce, credit, spring, road, train, cry, spray, pirate, tree, cricket, street, paragraph, trade, green, strong, dream, grow, strip, imperial, ...

Practice the -R- sound in English : 'Running rabbits'

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  1. The road went around the rocks.
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  2. When the radio fell it broke.
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  3. The first pirate had a parrot.
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  4. Ron carried a green sack of carrots to the car.
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  5. Mark wrapped the material around a really narrow tree.
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  6. He read the paragraph to her for a while.
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  7. Her friend was frightened and ran up the road.
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  8. You can have a pair of rings or the rest of the radios that are left here.
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  9. Tomorrow the ferry drivers will go on strike.
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  10. They were worried about the cracks in the railing.
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