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Unit 15: Spelling the sound /ou/

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Unit 15: Spelling choices for /ou/ sound: ou or ow

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Spelling the sound /ou/: ou, ow

A lot of the longer words that use the /ou/ sound use the spelling ou.

Before endings er and el, use ow.

At the end of a word, or syllable, use ow.

Again, look at these examples? Which do you already know? How many can you learn?

ou as in cloud ow as in cow
aloud*
astound
confound
surround
unwound
account
discount
recount
amount
pronounce
renounce
thousand
fountain
mountain
trousers
scoundrel
round
about
counsel*
council*
cower
flower*
power
shower
tower
towel
trowel
vowel
allowed*
endow
eyebrow
coward
powder
rowdy
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