Decoding exercises: "ur"

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ə

nature /ˈneɪtʃər/

ʊə

cure /kjʊər/

ɜː

nurse /nɜːrs/

The letter combination "ur" has several different pronunciations, mainly /ɜːr/ and /ər/. This article sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of the differences.

For "urr" see Decoding exercises: "urr".

  • /ɜː/: burn - burst - church - curve - hurt - nurse - occur - purchase - purpose - return - turn - urge
  • /jʊə/: pure - security
  • /jʊə,BrE ʊəAmE/: during
  • /ər/: century - culture - feature - future - measure - nature - picture - pressure - structure - surprise
  • /jər/: accurate - failure

Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • figure /ˈfɪɡər,BrE ˈfɪɡjərAmE/
  • natural /ˈnætʃərəl, ˈnætʃrəl/
  • sure /ʃʊər, ʃɔːrBrE/ - assurance /əˈʃʊərəns, əˈʃɔːrənsBrE/

Spelling anomalies[edit | edit source]

  • /e/: bury - burial

See also[edit | edit source]