Minimal pairs are sets of words that differ in only one sound.

In addition to minimal-pairs, there are near-minimal pairs, which are also often confused.

 

Minimal Pairs – Nouns

tire – tiger

pepper – paper

 

Minimal Pairs – Verbs

tap – top

stack – stock

 

 

Near-Minimal Pairs

teacher – T-shirt  (Spanish speakers)

kitchen – chicken (