“ough” Pronunciation

The “ough” letter sequence has the most random pronunciation. It can be pronounced six different ways in North America, and over ten ways in British English.

We’re going to keep it simple for now, and just look at the six North American pronunciations.

ʌf tough, rough, enough     Stuff, suffer
ɒf cough, trough    Off, offer
aʊ  bough, plough, draught    How, flower
oʊ  dough, though, thorough    Toe, know
ɒ thought, bought, taught    Not, saw.  Usually used before /t/, except in drought /draʊt/
through    Too, knew

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