Unit 15: Spelling the sound /ou/: ou, ow

      as in cloud Help spelling English words with the sound ou

Teaching point There are two ways of spelling the sound /ou/ : ou and ow

There is one firm rule to help you:  Only two words use ou to spell this sound at the end of a word:

thou (old form of 'you')
miaou (sound made by a cat - also miaow)

All other words use ow to spell this sound at the end of a word.

Some helpful hints for other words:
In the middle of a word, it can be ou or ow but ou is the most common.
Before n and l, it is usually ow e.g. down, howl.
Before nd, use ou: round, found.

Some examples:

Help spelling English words with the sound ou Help spelling English words with the sound ou
ou as in cloud ow as in cow
ouch
our*
out
loud
proud
shroud
foul*
noun
flour*
hour*
sour
scour
lout
scout
shout
spout
sprout
stout
bound
found
ground
hound
mound
pound
round
sound
wound
couch
crouch
pouch
slouch
count
mount
mouth
south
house
grouse
mouse
spouse
rouse
blouse
ounce
bounce
pounce
flounce
trounce
lounge
scrounge
owl
bow*
brow
how
now
prow
row
sow
vow
fowl*
howl
growl
prowl
scowl
brown
clown
crown
down
drown
frown
gown
town
crowd
Note: Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 8.

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