Spelling the long vowel sound /ō/: o-e, oa, ow, oe

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules Some words do not need ow to spell the long /ō/ sound on the end of the word; they just have o on its own.

Many of these words come from other languages, often because they are foods, animals or musical terms. Learn them in these groups:

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animals technical terms food musical terms other words
rhino
palomino
buffalo
armadillo
bronco
dingo
dodo
flamingo
gecko
hippo
jumbo
mosquito

stereo
video
audio
disco
dynamo
micro
mono
radio
turbo
tomato
potato
avocado
cappucino
espresso
mango
matzo
oregano
ouzo
pimento
risotto
taco
allegro
alto
banjo
bongo
calypso
cello
concerto
fandango
flamenco
oratorio
piano
piccolo
mambo
solo
soprano
tango
so
cargo
domino
echo
hallo
halo
hero
judo
logo
memo
photo
veto
casino
curio
inferno
patio
studio
tobacco
tornado
torpedo
volcano
yo-yo
zero


The -old and -oll words use just o use to spell the long /ō/ sound:
old This cheese is too old to eat.
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cold White wine is best drunk cold.
fold Fold your clothes before you pack them.
gold He has three gold teeth.
hold Hold on tight on this ride.
sold We sold our house in less than a week.
told I told you to be quiet.
wold High ground can be called a wold.
roll Roll the ball to me.
troll A troll is a mythical dwarf.
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stroll They went for a stroll by the river.
toll You must pay a toll to cross this bridge.
poll The poll was to elect a new President.
Learning tip to help your spelling See how many -old words you can get in one sentence. For example:

She told me the old lady has sold all her gold.

Can you beat 4 words?
Then try the same thing with the -oll words.

Other rule-breakers for the long /ō/ sound:
own Jim owns three old cars
sew I need to sew a button on my shirt.
brooch He gave his wife a gold brooch.
soul 1) person: There was not a soul to be seen.
2) spirit: Prayer is good for the soul.
mould The old cheese was covered in mould.
boulder A boulder is a large, round rock.
shoulder You can cry on my shoulder.

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