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In [[Received Pronunciation]], the [[IPA]] [[phonetic symbol]] '''/ɔ:/''' corresponds to the [[vowel]] sound in words like "north", "force", and "thought". Additionally, many people pronounce "sure" as /ʃɔ:r/ instead of the more traditional /ʃʊər/. See [[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ʊə/]].
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In [[Received Pronunciation]], the [[IPA]] [[phonetic symbol]] '''/ɔ:/''' corresponds to the [[vowel]] sound in words like "north", "force", and "thought". Additionally, many people pronounce "sure" as /ʃɔ:r/ instead of the more traditional /ʃʊər/. See [[IPA phoneme /ʊə/]].
  
 
In [[General American]] this [[phoneme]] is heard in "north", "force", "thought", and also "cloth" (the latter is pronounced [[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ɒ/|/ɒ/]] in Received Pronunciation).
 
In [[General American]] this [[phoneme]] is heard in "north", "force", "thought", and also "cloth" (the latter is pronounced [[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ɒ/|/ɒ/]] in Received Pronunciation).

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In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /ɔ:/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "north", "force", and "thought". Additionally, many people pronounce "sure" as /ʃɔ:r/ instead of the more traditional /ʃʊər/. See IPA phoneme /ʊə/.

In General American this phoneme is heard in "north", "force", "thought", and also "cloth" (the latter is pronounced /ɒ/ in Received Pronunciation).

Common words

Some common words containing /ɔ:/ include the following:

  • with "oa": abroad - broad
  • with "ough": bought - brought - fought - ought - thought;
  • with "a": water;
  • with "al": almost - already - alter - always - chalk - false - salt - talk - walk;
  • with "all": ball - call - fall - hall - mall - small - talk - walk - wall;
  • with "aw": dawn - flaw - hawk - jaw - law - lawn - raw - saw - shawl - thaw - yawn;
  • with "au": August - author - autumn - caught - clause - daughter - fault - launch - taught;

Some common words containing /ɔ:r/ include the following (note that the /r/ is silent in Received Pronunciation)

  • with "or": afford - born - cork - door - floor - fork - horse - lord - more - nor - or - pork - score - short - store - storm - sword;
  • with "oar": boar - board - oar - roar - soar;
  • with "our": court - four - pour
  • with "ar": quarter - war - warm - warn;


  • homophones: bored/board - court/caught - or/oar/ore - stork/stalk.

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.

Spanish

Some Spanish speakers may, at first, have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sound in "north" and that of /ɒ/, as in "not".

See also