Consonant Clusters

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beginning with voiced bilabial plosive---- / b /

022---------bd (final) --------absorbed, bribed, curbed, lobbed, robed, robbed

absorbed Maria had philosophically absorbed the lesson at the heart of the sad experience.
absorbed As temperature increases, heat energy is absorbed.
bribed I think my guards bribed him to let us pass.
curbed He almost hit the child out of frustration, and only just curbed himself in time.
lobbed He lobbed the bottle to the tiled floor beneath the sink unit, where it smashed into pieces.
robed Robed choirs are in decline in New Zealand, although smartly dressed secular choirs are to be seen on television.
robbed A man on his way to Jericho was attacked, robbed and left for dead.

023---------bz (final) --------cabs, fibs, jabs, knobs, verbs, yobs

cabs A line of cabs at the taxi rank waited for their drivers to emerge.
fibs If you're telling fibs, keep them simple, that's the rule, isn't it?
jabs Oxfordshire District Health Authority is one of 15 which dropped routine jabs for schoolchildren.
knobs Practise using it until you feel quite at home with all the knobs and buttons.
verbs This exercise type puts all the verbs in a text into the infinitive form.
yobs Most people, when they hear screaming, either think it is a gang of yobs or quarrelling lovers.

/ m / / p / / b / / f / / v / / θ / / ð / / n / / t / / d /
/ s / / z / / l / / ʧ / / ʤ / / ʃ / / ʒ / / ŋ / / k / / g /

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Paste words containing consonant clusters into the search engine
of The British National Corpus [opens search engine window ].

/ *bd / (final) -------absorbed bribed circumscribed clubbed cribbed curbed dabbed daubed disturbed dubbed fibbed grabbed inscribed jibed lobbed mobbed oversubscribed perturbed prescribed probed ribbed robbed robed rubbed scrubbed snubbed sobbed stabbed stubbed subscribed tabbed throbbed transcribed webbed

/ *bz / (final) -------Note that voiced / b / is followed by voiced / z / absorbs adverbs arabs bibs boobs bulbs cabs cherubs clubs cobwebs crabs cribs cubs curbs dabs daubs disturbs dubs ebbs fibs fobs grabs herbs hobs jabs jobs kebabs kerbs knobs lobs mobs nabs nibs perturbs plebs proverbs pubs ribs robs rubs scrubs shrubs slabs slobs snobs snubs sobs stabs stubs subs suburbs swabs tabs throbs tubs webs verbs yobs

False Friends

The final letter "b" is silent in the following words: bombs climbs climbed combs combed crumbs lambs limbs numbed plumbs plumbed succumbs succumbed thumbs thumbed tombs wombs.

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