Originally Posted by almulatham
as in red, road, wrong, read.
- word initial as in rope, real, rob
- word medial as in mirror, very, arrow
- word final as in far, poor, here but only when the next sound is a vowel.
/r/ is a very tricky consonant. Many people think that /r/ is still rolled in the mouth: although this could be said about Scottish English, it is not true of RP. The tongue-tip is fairly close to the back of the alveolar ridge with the sides of the tongue in contact with the sides of the palate. /r/ is not pronounced when it comes before a consonant (even if it is written). The same is true if /r/ comes at the end of a word. So, it is only pronounced if the following word begins with a vowel. Voice = Voiced Place = Palato-Alveolar Manner = Approximant