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⟨ew⟩ is a vowel digraph that occurs in English, where it very reliably represents IPA phonetic sequence /juː/ or IPA phoneme /uː/, depending on the previous consonant.

Coding[edit | edit source]

Phonemes Examples Rule
/juː/ Bewdley, few, hew, Kew, nephew, mew, pew With yod /b, f, g, h, k, m, p, v/
/juː/ or /uː/ dew, knew, mildew, new, stew Yod dropping occurs in some accents after /d, n, s, t, θ, z/, however, Matthew is always /juː/.
/uː/ Andrew, chew, crew, drew, flew, grew, Jew, jewel, screw No yod after /dʒ, l, r, ʃ, tʃ, ʒ/

One exception are the words sew /səʊ/ and its conjugations, which take the ɢᴏᴀᴛ vowel. There are also two related trigraphs, ⟨ewe⟩ and ⟨iew⟩.

Different syllables[edit | edit source]

⟨ew⟩ occurs as a sequence across phoneme/morpheme boundaries, in which case it’s not a digraph:

  • beware, elsewhere, framework, gateway, housewife, needlework, reward, somewhat, somewhere, typewriter

Homophones[edit | edit source]

  • blew/blue, dew/due, flew/flu/flue, hew/hue/Hugh, knew/new; Kew/queue/cue/Q, yew/you/U.

References[edit | edit source]