Vowel eh /ɛ/ vs. vowel ay /eɪ/ minimal pairs:
A common accent error pattern is substituting Vowel Ay /eɪ/ for Vowel Eh /ɛ/ and vice versa. Use these words to help differentiate the two vowel sounds.
Vowel AY /e/ is a tense, mid front vowel, which means that it is formed with the tongue towards the front of the mouth and in a mid position vertically. The muscles of the cheeks and lips are engaged. Americans generally say a diphthong /eɪ/ for this vowel, meaning that they start on /e/ and glide to /ɪ/.
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