Decoding exercises: "oe"

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əʊ

toe /təʊ/

Together with the article on decoding difficulties, this page sets out words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of how they can sound out more correctly the different sounds corresponding to words containing "oe".

Examples[edit]

  • /əʊ/: Joe - mistletoe - oboe - toe
plurals: does (female deers), echoes, embargoes, heroes, mosquitoes, potatoes, tomatoes, torpedoes, vetoes
past tense of verbs: demoed, echoed, embargoed, mamboed, tangoed, torpedoed, vetoed, zeroed
third person of verbs: echoes, embargoes, goes, tangoes, torpedoes, vetoes, zeroes
  • /ʌ/: does (verb)
  • /uː/: canoe, shoe
  • /ɜː/: hors d'oeuvre
  • "oeu" as /uː/: manoeuvreBrE (maneuverAmE)
Different syllables
  • /əʊ.e/: poetic, whatsoever
  • /əʊ.ɪ/: coefficient, hydroelectric
  • /əʊ.ə/: poem, poet, poetry
  • /əʊ.ɜː/: coerce
  • /uː.e/: whoever
These words don't rhyme
  • does (verb) - goes
  • toe - shoe
  • manoeuvre /məˈnuːvər/ - hors d'oeuvre /ɔːr ˈdɜːrv/
Homophones
  • does (female deer) - dose; shoe - shoo; toe - tow; toed - toad - towed;

Graeco-Latin words[edit]

Many words with "oe" are of Greek or Latin origin, and some of them are spelled or pronounced differently in British English and American English. A plus sign is used to remind that there is a shared spelling or pronunciation.

Shared spelling Shared pronunciation British spelling Br pronunciation American spelling Am pronunciation
amoeba /əˈmiːbə/ +ameba
/daɪəˈriːə/ diarrhoea +/daɪəˈrɪə/ diarrhea
fetus /ˈfiːtəs/ +foetus
homeopathy /həʊmiːˈɒpəθiː, hɒmiːˈɒpəθiː/ +homoeopathy
/ɪˈdiːmə/ oedema edema
Oedipus /ˈiːdɪpəs/ +/ˈedəpəs, iːˈdəpəs/
/iːˈsɒfəɡəs, ɪˈsɒfəɡəs/ oesophagus esophagus
oestrogen /ˈiːstrədʒən/ estrogen /ˈestrədʒən/
onomatopoeia /ɒnəmætəˈpiːə/
Phoebe /ˈfiːbiː/
phoenix (bird) /ˈfiːnɪks/ +phenix
Phoenix (city) /ˈfiːnɪks/
subpoena /səˈpiːnə/ +subpena

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