A minimal pair is a pair of words that differ in a single phoneme.
Minimal pairs are often used to show that two sounds contrast in a language.
- sit –seat;
- bat – but;
- so – saw;
- pin – bin.
- Word 1 = Word 2, except for one sound which makes the difference.
A pair of words called minimal pair, differing only by one sound in the same position in each word, especially when such a pair is taken as evidence for the existence of a phonemic contrast between the two sounds.