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Consonant Clusters

Sometimes in certain consonant clusters (a string of two or more consonants in a word) the sounds may be reduced or dropped. Below are some of these reductions.

The sts cluster

 

In the consonant cluster 'sts', the /t/ can be dropped.

 

  Listen to these examples. The first word is with proper enunciation, the second with

  the reduced sounds. Then listen to the words in sentences.

               
 

costs (cos:s)

  A Porsche costs way too much for me.
               
   

 masts (mas:s)

 
  The masts on the sailing ship were over forty feet tall.
               
   

tests (tes:s)

 
  Most students are not that fond of tests.
               

The sks cluster

 

In the consonant cluster 'sks' the /k/ may be dropped.

 

  Listen to these examples. The first word is with proper enunciation, the second with

  the reduced sounds. Then listen to the words in sentences.

   

           

 

 
   

masks (mas:s)

 

At a costume party, masks are mandatory.

   

    

 

          

 

 

 
   

 asks (as:s)      

 

A certain relative of  mine often asks me for money.                  

         
 

desks (des:s)

 

The desks used in classrooms are usually uncomfortable.

         Other Consonant Cluster Pages

               Page 2     th and nt clusters

               Page 3     Changes with is this/that, Assimilation, and dropped

                                auxiliary verbs

 

 

 

 

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