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– How many schwa sounds /ə/ can you hear in the sentence?

Answer

There are 2 schwa sounds:

The charts are done. 
/ ðə   tʃɑːts   ə    dʌn /

Many small grammatical words like ‘for’, ‘of’ & ‘the’ are normally pronounced with /ə/
in connected speech. 

These words are function words. 

Function words include prepositions, auxiliary verbs, pronouns, conjunctions & articles.

– Complete the sentences with a word from the box below:

her    than   some   can   to
from   your   should   are   the

1.  /kən/ we go now?    can

2.  It’s more /ðən/  30 degrees outside!

3.   Let’s go /tə/ Thailand this summer. 

4.  I met /ðə/ Smiths last night. 

5.  Why /ə/ you looking at me like that?

6.  We /ʃəd/ meet up soon. 

7.  I’d like /səm/ more coffee please. 

8.  Is that /jə/ wedding ring?

9.  /hə/ first husband is a designer.

10.  He’s originally /frəm/ Greece.

Answers & Audio

1.  /kən/ we go now?    can

2.  It’s more /ðən/  30 degrees outside!  than

3.   Let’s go /tə/ Thailand this summer.  to

4.  I met /ðə/ Smiths last night.  the

5.  Why /ə/ you looking at me like that?  are

6.  We /ʃəd/ meet up soon.  should

7.  I’d like /səm/ more coffee please.  some

8.  Is that /jə/ wedding ring?  your

9.  /hə/ first husband is a designer.  her

10.  He’s originally /frəm/ Greece.  from