The / e / and / ae
/sounds (the vowel sounds in bet and
bat) are similar in pronunciation: both are made with
tongue toward the middle of the mouth,
but / e / is more
forward and has a higher tongue position than / ae /.
To many learners
of English, / e / and / ae / sound very
even the same. To a native speaker of English,
sound completely different.
Here are some examples of
words in which the use of
/ or / e
/ is the only difference in pronunciation: