|as in cloud|
|There are two ways of spelling the sound /ou/ : ou and ow|
There is one firm rule to help you: Only two words use ou to spell this sound at the end of a word:
thou (old form of 'you')
miaou (sound made by a cat - also miaow)
All other words use ow to spell this sound at the end of a word.
Some helpful hints for other words:
In the middle of a word, it can be ou or ow but ou is the most common.
Before n and l, it is usually ow e.g. down, howl.
Before nd, use ou: round, found.
|ou as in cloud||ow as in cow|
|Note: Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 8.|
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