Learning to spell in English is a
challenge for everyone, even those who grew up speaking the
language. The sound of the long "o" in English has many
variations. Learn them to improve your spelling overall.
Some Spellings for the Long "O"
(not including exceptions!)
In English, the sound of the long
"o" is represented as /ō/ in pronunciation guides. Here are a few
of the variations in spelling.
"o" says /ō/ at the end of a
syllable: so, go
"o" +e The silent final "e" makes
the "o" say /ō/: stone, throne, crone, tone
"oa" gives us the long "o" of boat
"oe" gives us the long "o" found in
"ough" gives us the long "o" found
in though but be careful because the word, "through," doesn't!
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