The /ʌ/ vowel is spelled with <u>, and <o> in love and come. The /eɪ/ vowel is spelled <aCe>, <ay>, <ai>, or <è> in the loan word crèche, and is found in the letter name A. Notice how this difference signals the tense change in come/came and its derivatives.
This is a contrast between a short vowel and a diphthong with widely separated tongue positions. It is not a problem for any learners.
Taboo word pairs include the set fuck/fake.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 3.36%. The set makes 112 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 47.9%.
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John Higgins, Shaftesbury, December 2009