Spelling ough and augh words


The most common spelling for the sound /ort/ is ort.

For example:
sort fort short sport report export

Teaching point Some words use ought or aught to spell the sound /ort/:

Help spelling English augh and ough word Help spelling English augh and ough word
ought as in fought aught as in taught
ought
bought
brought
thought
sought (past tense of 'seek')
nought (US spelling: naught)
caught
fraught
distraught
naughty
haughty
daughter
slaughter
naught (British spelling: nought)

Note: Be careful not to confuse bought and brought:

bought = past tense of buy
brought = past tense of bring

For example:
He bought me some flowers at the store.
He brought me some flowers from his garden.

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Unit 17: ough and augh words

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