The /d/ sound is spelled with <d>, <dd> or <de>, and the /n/ sound is <n> or <nn>. Notice how the homograph do makes pairs with with know and now.
The contrast is between a voiced stop and a nasal continuant. Though they are close together in the mouth, it is not a problem for learners.
The only taboo word pair is digger/nigger.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 2.3%. The list makes 359 semantic distinctions, a loading of 66%.
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