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    I refer to an old thread in relation to the pronunciation of the word "clothes".

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    Can you please give me an idea of what the symbol [l] in "Some people pronounce 'th' as [l], like this: " is.

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    Originally Posted by harrymick
    Dear sir:

    I was wondering How you pronounce 'clothes', if you will bite your tongue's top for pronouncing the 'th' before the 'es'. or you won't pronounce the 'es'?
    I agree. clothes and close, as in Please, close the door, are pronounced the same:

    I have new clothes [klo:z].
    Please, close [klo:z] the door.

    (Note, close, as in We are very close friends, is pronounced with an [s], not [z]: close [klo:s])

    Some people pronounce 'th' as [l], like this:

    clothes [klo:lz]

    Some people pronounce 'th' as a voiced sound, like in the word that:

    clothes [klo:]th[z].


    Some non-native English speakers pronounce the '-es' in clothes as

    clothes [klo:]th[i:z]

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    Re: Clothes

    In everyday AmE pronunciation, in my opinion, "clothes" = "close".

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    #3

    Re: Clothes

    That is true for the noun "clothes". The verb has a different pronunciation. The "th" is pronounced in the verb.

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    Re: Clothes

    Quote Originally Posted by svetlana14 View Post
    I refer to an old thread in relation to the pronunciation of the word "clothes".

    Can you please give me an idea of what the symbol [l] in "Some people pronounce 'th' as [l], like this: " is.
    clothes [klo:lz]
    Thank you.
    It looks like a typo. It is the same symbol as the one after /k/. He's written "cloles".
    By the way, in BrE and AusE, clothes usually keeps the 'th'.

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    Re: Clothes

    Thank you,

    I was trying to google pronunciation of clothes like [klo:lz] i.e. using l (like l in "lemon"?) but failed. I am wondering what native speakers pronounce in such a manner? Many thanks?

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    Re: Clothes

    Quote Originally Posted by svetlana14 View Post
    Thank you,

    I was trying to google pronunciation of clothes like [klo:lz] i.e. using l (like l in "lemon"?) but failed. I am wondering what native speakers pronounce in such a manner? Many thanks?
    How do you mean? It's a typographical error (a typo). Native speakers don't pronounce [klo:lz], and if they did, it would be, well, [klo:lz], as in 'cloles'. There's little call for pronouncing it because it's not an English word - this applies to a lot of typos.

    Maybe I didn't explain "typographical error" well enough. It's when you type something you don't mean. It's a mental slip (usually) - occasionally a physical one - but here it has the quality of perseveration from the first [l]. The author did not intend to write [klo:lz].

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