Decoding exercises: "ov"

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The vowel in the sequence "ov" has several different pronunciations.

  • /ɒ/: impoverish, novel, novice, ovulation, poverty, providence, sovereign
  • /ʌ/: covenant, cover, discover, government, lover, oven, shovel, slovenly
  • /əʊ/: bovine, jovial, nova, ovary, ovation, over, overt, ovoid, retrovirus
  • /uː/: approval, movie, removal
  • /ə/: controversial, extroverted, improvise, innovation, Muscovite, provide, provision, provocative
/əʊ/: clove, drove, stove
/uː/: approve, improve, move, prove
/ʌ/: above, dove (bird), glove, love

Variant pronunciations[edit]

  • anchovy /ˈæntʃəviː, ˈæntʃəʊviːAmE/
  • Coventry /ˈkʌvəntriː, ˈkɒvəntriː/

Heteronyms[edit]

  • dove: /dʌv/ (bird) - /dəʊv/AmE (past tense of dive)

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