Eu

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The sequence "eu" very reliably represents IPA phonetic sequence /juː/ or IPA phoneme /uː/, depending on the previous consonant. If the following consonant is "r" then it normally represents IPA phonetic sequence /jʊə/ or IPA phoneme /ʊə/.

At the beginning of the word "eu" sounds /juː/ or /jʊə/[edit | edit source]

  • /juː/: eulogy, euphemism, euphoric
  • /jʊə/: euro, Europe, European

After /b, f, g, h, k, m, p, v/ "eu" sounds /juː/ or /jʊə/[edit | edit source]

  • /juː/: feudal, queue, therapeutic
  • /jʊə/: heuristic

After /d, n, s, t, θ, z/ "eu" sounds /juː/,BrE /jʊə/,BrE /uː/AmE or /ʊə/AmE[edit | edit source]

  • /juː,BrE uː/AmE: deuteronomy - manoeuvreBrE - neutral - neutron - pharmaceutical - pneumonia - pseudonym
  • /jʊə,BrE ʊə/AmE: neuron, neurotic

After /dʒ, l, r, ʃ, tʃ, ʒ/ "eu" sounds /uː/ (or /ʊə/)[edit | edit source]

  • /uː/: leukaemiaBrE - leukemiaAmE - rheumatism

Other pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • amateur: /ˈæmətər, ˈæmətʃər/
  • chauffeur: /ˈʃəʊfər, ʃəʊˈfɜrAmE/
  • pasteurise,BrE pasteurize: /ˈpɑːstʃəraɪz,BrE ˈpæstʃəraɪzAmE/

Different syllables[edit | edit source]

  • closeup - makeup - museum - reuse

Homophones[edit | edit source]

  • queue - cue

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