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The letters p and b should be in the middle of the words, and please not like this: "tribe" and "tripe", because they pronounced here as the last sound.

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    But Why Though?
    – HalvarF
    May 21 '21 at 11:34
  • It's obviously not a good idea to ask for English words on GSE. German obviously is acceptable, but a bit of a background on the why's and what's would certainly be helpful.
    – tofro
    May 21 '21 at 12:26
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    @fdb: that is a great answer that also made me understand the question better. Could you include the link and a short comprehensible summary in your answer?
    – HalvarF
    May 22 '21 at 12:32
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    Thank you fdb for give me some words and a historical view about this. Answering to the question of why i ask about this: my native language is Arabic, it is one of few Languages that does not have the P sound at all, that's why i need some minimal pair to practice my pronunciation. i'm fine actually with the aspirated P, but not with the unaspirated P, and that's why i asked for middle words pairs. And it's very very difficult for me to distinguish between b and p by hearing, especially when the p unaspirated. May 22 '21 at 13:04
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    @fdb: "In another (inferior) forum", I see, I see... May 25 '21 at 20:21
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After a while of thinking the only true minimal pair I can find is:

hupen[inf. of hupen, "to horn"] | huben[1st./3rd. pers. pl. of heben, "to lift"]

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  • I think quite a few others have been listed on this page.
    – fdb
    May 26 '21 at 21:10
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Oper (meaning: an opera) and Ober (a waiter).

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A German example: Gruppe / Grube

Another: Raupen / rauben

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    Staupe, (im) Staube. Lappen, laben. Rappen, Raben, ... ne jetzt wird's langweilig :-)
    – user41853
    May 21 '21 at 13:05
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    Strictly speaking, Gruppe/Grube. Lappen/laben, Rappen/Raben are not minimal pairs, because the quantity of the first vowel is different.
    – fdb
    May 21 '21 at 13:20

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