Spelling the sound /ou/: ou, ow

This page lists some longer words with the common ways of spelling
the /ou/ sound.

Again, the most common spelling is ou, but...
Before the endings er and el, use ow
At the end of a word, or the end of a syllable, use ow.

ou as in cloud ow as in cow
aloud*
astound
confound
surround
unwound
account
discount
recount
amount
pronounce
renounce
thousand
fountain
mountain
trousers
scoundrel
round
about
counsel*
council*
cower
flower*
power
shower
tower
towel
trowel
vowel
allowed*
endow
eyebrow
coward
powder
rowdy
Note: Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 8

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