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Ough Words

Posted: January 8, 2021 at 11:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ough is a letter sequence often seen in words in the English language. This sequence of letters have the most unpredictable pronunciation, at least six pronunciations in North American English and over ten in British English.

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Uses:

  • This sequence can also be used as a word to express emotion in different ways and forms.
  • It is pronounced as oh, but adding the ‘ug’ between ‘the o’ and h creates a more meaningful passion when expressing it.
  • The word can be used to replace long vowel ‘o’ sounds in a word, providing more emphasis to make the long vowel sound more rewarding, interesting and less boring to use.
  • It can be used in expressing anger, for example “ ough,stop that please, ough!”
  • It can be used in expressing joy and happiness, by just simply yelling at the top of your lungs when in the middle of a match or blockbuster “OUGH!”

Word List:

It’s fascinating how each of these words is pronounced differently even though they all have ‘ough’ in them. Click on the audio to know how it is pronounced.

WordPronunciationExample
DOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/I prepared the dough for pizza.
COUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947770156&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · CoughThe baby had a severe cough and cold.
ROUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947767891&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · RoughThe cloth had a rough appearance but was comfortable to wear.
PLOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768476&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · PloughRavi helped his father plough his fields
TOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768695&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · ToughRachel had a tough time with her job and nephew around.
BOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768191&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · BoughThe parrot sat on the bough.
THOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768092&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · Though He somehow ate the food even though he wasn’t hungry.
ALTHOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947767999&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · AlthoughAlthough we had a fight, we decided to move on with the plan to meet up.
THROUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947767810&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · ThroughThe pain she went through was terrible.
AFTERTHOUGHThttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947769175&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · AfterthoughtThe afterthought of spending the night with the most annoying cousin of mine gave me goosebumps.
BOUGHThttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947767717&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · Boughtbought a pair of shoes from the big billion sale.
THOUGHThttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768812&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · Thoughtthought we would have a whole month off work.
THOUGHTFULNESShttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768341&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · ThoughtfulnessHer thoughtfulness for older people and readiness to help them, made me fall for her.
BREAKTHROUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768566&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · BreakthroughResearchers claim that they have made a major breakthrough in cancer treatment.
ENOUGHhttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947765623&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · EnoughThere are enough seats left for students applying for Masters in our college.
DOUGHNUThttps://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/947768947&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=trueIELTS Material · DoughnutI would replace anything for doughnuts.
DROUGHTThe state is exposed to drought, due to reduced rainfall.
OUGHTFor the woman your age, you ought to have savings.

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