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

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.

sun - in the sky

son - male offspring
The sun is 93 million miles away.

Jack's son is also called Jack.

one - number one

won - past tense of win
He's the one for me!

Steven Redgrave has won 5 gold medals.

sum - the whole amount

some - part of something
The sum of 10 and 10 is 20.

Some of the team were late for the game.

none - nothing

nun - woman who has taken
religious vows
None of this make sense to me.

The nuns live together in a convent.

rough - not smooth

ruff - frill round the neck
The path was rough and rocky.

The bird has a ruff of feathers round its neck.

current - flow of e.g. water

currant - small dried grape
The river had a strong current.

This cake is full of currants.
Learning tip to help your spelling Think of:
1) river with e and current with e.

2) cake with a and currant with a.
Spell river with e and current with e
Spell cake with a and currant with a

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The 'schwa' sound.

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Unit 6, Part 2: Spelling the short vowel sounds

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