Listen to these words. Is ‘ough’ pronounced the same or differently?
brought cough rough dough through thorough sloughThey are all pronounced with a different vowel sound:
How do you pronounce ‘ough’?
- ‘ough’ can be pronounced with the following sounds: /ɔ:/, /ɒ/, /ʌ/, /əʊ/, /u:/, /ə/ and /aʊ/.
/ɔ:t/ nought, bought, fought, thought, sought
/ɒf/ cough, trough
/ʌf/ rough, enough, tough
/əʊ/ dough, though, although
/ə/ borough, thorough
/aʊ/ bough, plough, slough
Listen and repeat the sentences:
A. There was a thoroughly theatrical theme throughout.
B. Although hiccoughs can be rough. Nothing is worse than a cough.
C. Watch out for the drought throughout the borough of Slough!
D. Ploughing through rough ground is incredibly tough.
E. We fought because I thought she’d bought the dough.