Eo

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The letter combination "eo" has several different pronunciations. This article sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of the differences.

"eo" as one syllable[edit | edit source]

  • /iː/: people
  • /ɔː/ George - Georgia
  • /e/: Geoffrey - jeopardy - Leonard - leopard
  • /ə/: dungeon - luncheon - surgeon
  • "eou" as /ə/: advantageous - courageous - gorgeous - outrageous - righteous

"eo" in two different syllables[edit | edit source]

  • /iːəʊ/: deodorant - Leo - Romeo - stereo - video
  • /iːɒ/: neon
disciplines: archeology - choreography - geography - geology - geometry - theology
  • /iːə/: Leonardo - leotard
  • "eou" as /iːə/: courteous - erroneous - hideous - homogeneous - instantaneous - miscellaneous - simultaneous - spontaneous
Two words written together
  • moreover - someone

Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • chameleon /kəˈmiːliːən, kəˈmiːljən/
  • meteor /ˈmiːtiːər, ˈmiːtiːɔːr/
  • nauseous /ˈnɔːziːəs, ˈnɔːsiːəs,BrE ˈnɔːʃəsAmE/
  • /ɪə,BrE iːəAmE/: theorem - theoretical - theory
  • /ɪ, ə/: pigeon

Homophones[edit | edit source]

  • pidgin - pigeon

Respellings[edit | edit source]

  • Def Leppard
  • "Lenny" is a nickname for "Leonard"