Spelling the sound /ou/: ou, ow

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words Homophones from this unit:

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake - so it is especially important to learn them.

our - belonging to us

hour - 60 minutes
We'll eat at our house tonight.

I expected you back an hour ago.

flour - made from wheat

flower - bloom
Make batter from flour and milk.

Her garden is full of flowers.

aloud - not quiet

allowed - permitted
Read the words aloud.

Children are not allowed to see this film.

bow - lower the head

bough - large branch
They all bowed to the Queen.

The bough was laden with apples.

foul - dreadful, dirty

fowl - birds
I hate this foul weather.

Hens and ducks are domestic fowl.

council - governing group

counsel - advice
The council won't allow any more houses here.

I was given counselling after the accident.
(US: counseling)

This completes the work on the /ou/ sound. These few homophones are tested later in the course, together with those from Unit 17.

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