Ew

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crew /kruː/

juː

few /fjuː/

The sequence "ew" very reliably represents IPA phonetic sequence /juː/ or IPA phoneme /uː/, depending on the previous consonant. When "e" and "w" are in different syllables normally "e" is silent and "w" sounds /w/, as in "somewhere".

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

  • few - nephew - view

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

  • dew - knew - mildew - new - stew
  • Always /juː/: Matthew

After /dʒ, l, r, ʃ, tʃ, ʒ/ "ew" sounds /uː/[edit | edit source]

  • Andrew - chew - crew - drew - flew - grew - Jew - jewel - screw

Different syllables[edit | edit source]

  • beware - elsewhere - framework - gateway - housewife - needlework - reward - somewhat - somewhere - typewriter

Spelling anomalies[edit | edit source]

  • /əʊ/: sew - sewn

Homophones[edit | edit source]

  • dew - due; flew - flu; knew - new;

References[edit | edit source]