Spelling the short vowel sound /ŭ/ : u, o or ou

/ŭ/ as in umbrella. Spelling Umbrella

Teaching point Most of the time the sound /ŭ/ is spelled with just the letter u.
BUT: sometimes the sound /ŭ/ is spelled with o or ou.


Some examples:
Spelling Umbrella Spelling oven Spelling couple
u as in umbrella. o as in oven. ou as in couple.
under
ugly
umpire
uncle
until
utter
button
drunk
hungry
lunch
puppy
sudden
...and many more
love
glove
some
son (of parents)
done
come
month
wonder
among
cover
govern
dozen
other
brother
worry
touch
young
double
trouble
country
cousin
courage
flourish
nourish
rough
tough
enough
See Unit 29
for words ending in -ous.
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