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Explain "Two has three, and four has three, but three has only one".

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Were they able to solve the riddle? – 0x499602D2 Feb 23 at 23:34
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I believe you are talking about


"Two" also has "to" and "too", "Four" also has "for" and "fore", but "three" has no homophones.

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English isnt my first lenguaje, But Three sound like Tree, not sure if that is the same. – Juan Carlos Oropeza Feb 23 at 19:48
@JuanCarlosOropeza In US English, "three" is pronounced /θɹi/ (with a voiceless dental fricative at the beginning), but in some dialects, there is what is known as th-stopping, the phenomenon you describe. – question_asker Feb 23 at 19:56
I always though there was a slight difference between four and for. Just checked in wiktionary, turns out the en-US pronunciation of both is the same! – njzk2 Feb 24 at 2:08
In the NATO phonetic alphabet, three is pronounced "tree" and four is pronounced "fo-wer", so if you find this riddle confusing then maybe you're meant to be a pilot! – Todd Wilcox Feb 24 at 3:09
@njzk2 There's probably a difference in some regional accent somewhere, but for most dialects of English they're homophones. – Pharap Feb 24 at 8:59

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