Note: the sound /θ/ (as in “thin”, “think’) is also spelled "th". The sound /θ/ is more common, while the sound /ð/ most frequently occurs in grammatical words (that, them, those) or in the middle of words before -ing or -er (father, clothing).
The article “the” and all demonstrative pronouns (“this, that, these, those”) contain /ð/. These words are very common in spoken English and are often used before nouns.
Also, the sound /ð/ is in several important connecting words. These words are more common in writing, but they may also be used in formal speaking.
Now, practice /ð/ in sentences. Say the words first, then the sentences.
1. rather – bother – this I’d rather not bother with this class. 2. those – mother – father Those plants are for my mother and father. 3. the – weather – southern The weather in the southern US is very warm. 4. another – this – leather I want another coat, not this leather one. 5. although – farther – rather Although it’s farther away, I’d rather fly out of Chicago. 6. whether – other – clothing I’m not sure whether the other clothing will fit me.
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