– Match the IPA transcriptions below to the countries:

– Which country names contain a silent < r >? 

Answer & Audio

Turkey, Norway and Qatar contain silent < r > in GB English.

In GB English < r >:

– is pronounced before a vowel sound.
– is silent before a consonant sound. 
– is silent if no sound follows.

farm sir earn burn born war shore
 mother persist clearly where barely

– Which words contain silent < r >?

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Words that contain silent < r >:

worse, court, sailor, beer, pair, particular, internal, garment

– Pronounce the names of these animals with silent < r >:

Answers & Audio

worm /wəːm/
bird /bəːd/
lizard /ˈlɪzəd/
shark /ʃɑːk/
horse /hɔːs/
lobster /ˈlɒbstə/

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