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Fancy dances  

How do you pronounce these words?
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The chances are that you have the same vowel - usually TRAP - in all these words. This is the way they are pronounced in the Midlands, the North of England and most of the United States.

In the South of England, and in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, some of these words have a"broader" pronunciation - we call them BATH words, and instead of they have .

SO FANCY DANCES is pronounced in RP but
in GenAm.

IF YOU WANT AN RP or other Southern English accent, you'll have to check all these words : which are TRAP words () and which are BATH (=PALM, ) ? - Here are the answers.

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