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Chart 11

The OUGH Chart


As Dr Duffy wrote in 1972: "This chart cracks the hard crust of a nut whose meat is soft enough."

It deals with the Old English syllable ough which can be pronounced in eight different ways.


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Dr Duffy compiled a clever mnemonic containing the eight variations which, when learned by heart, enables access to the correct pronunciations.

A test for competency includes the reading of tough, though, through and thorough.


See the Manual for full details of the proper use of this chart.



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Judith Gleeson
B.A., M.Ed, T.C.
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