a as in last

ha

la

ma

pa

ta

aft

bath

blast

bra

brass

cast

chaff

clasp

class

craft

daft

draft

fast

gasp

glass

graft

grasp

grass

hasp

last

mast

pass

past

path

raft

rasp

shaft

ska

spa

staff

vast

ask

bask

cask

flask

mask

task

 

basket

cantata

casket

debacle

drama

father

lager

lava

master

nasty

panorama

plaster

plaza

pyjamas

rather

saga

sonata

staccato

strata

 

2 thoughts on “a as in last

  1. Misty

    Either a British person or Sarah Palin made this list. There’s two different vowels here: /ɑ/ and /æ/

    /ɑ/: ha, la, ma, pa, ta, bra, ska, spa, saga, sonata, staccato, cantata, debacle, drama, father, lager, lava, plaza, pyjamas

    /æ/: aft, bath, blast, brass, cast, chaff, clasp, class, craft, daft, draft, fast, gasp, glass, graft, grasp, grass, hasp, last, mast, pass, past, path, raft, rasp, shaft, staff, vast, ask, bask, cask, flask, mask, task, basket, cantata, casket, master, nasty, panorama, plaster, rather, strata

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    1. alison Post author

      I’m neither British nor Sarah Palin (nor a fan of hers), I’m Australian. There are two different vowels in some accents e.g. most US English, but only one in Australian English. British Received Pronunciation has these as one sound, but in many northern UK accents, what you say does apply, there are two different vowels. Perhaps I should make it clearer that these lists are written in Australian English, and specifically using the IPA transcriptions in the Macquarie Dictionary.

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