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Unit 6, Part 2: Spelling the short vowel sounds

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Unit 6: Short vowels, Part 2: o and u

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Homophones for the short vowel sound /ŏ/: o, wa or qua

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words

Homophones from this section:

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake -
so it is especially important to learn them.


not - negative

knot - tie with e.g. string
I do not like garlic.

The knot was too tight to undo.

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules cough - David has a bad cold and a cough.

trough - The pigs pushed around the trough.

See Unit 17 for more on -ough words.

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