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The long /o/ sound in English is often represented with the letters oa, for example in boat, coat, and road. Click on the speaker icon next to each word hear how the long /o/ sound is pronounced.

While you will usually spot the oa spelling pattern in the middle of the word, it occasionally appears at the beginning too, like in the words oak, oar, and oasis. At the end of a word, the long /o/ sound is usually spelt with the letters ow.

The spelling activities that come with this word list will help you get to grips with words where the long /o/ sound appears in the middle of the world and is spelt with the letter combination oa.

coach They went by coach to the beach.
soak She had a long soak in the bath tub.
cloak He wore a dark cloak.
croak Frogs croak mostly at night.
coal The land was mined for coal.
goal Shoot for goal whenever you can.
foal Anna is grooming her foal.
foam This foam mattress is too soft for me.
loan I need a loan to buy my car.
soap This liquid soap smells of roses.
boast It's bad manners to boast about being clever.
coast The river flows fast to the coast.
roast It's roast chicken for dinner.
toast Her favourite food is beans on toast.
float It's easy to float in very salty water.
throat I keep sneezing and my throat is sore.
cockroach There was a cockroach in the kitchen.
approach The cat approached its prey very softly.
encroach Please don't encroach on my space.
reproach The boss will reproach him for being lazy.

Learn more about these words in Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?

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Other lists from Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?

a-e words - set 1
a-e words - set 2
ai words - set 1
ai words - set 2
ay words - set 1
ay words - set 2
ey words This list contains British English spellings
ei words This list contains American English spellings
e words
be words

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