2.3.4 Dark and bright a

Both sounds are well known to you. We use a dark a in the words park, dark.
A bright a is used in words like luck, buck (yes, also the bad f-word) and so on.

The following graphemes indicate a bright a: a and oi*

Examples  
   
  patte (paw)
  patience (patience)
  regarder (to look at)

* pronunciation of oi
  The oi is formed by melting an w (like in wine) with a bright a
noix* (nut)

The following graphemes indicate a dark a: â, a

Examples  
  âme (soul)
  phrase (phrase)
     






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