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{{box|This [[phonetics]] article is based on [[British English]] and [[received pronunciation]]. For [[American English]] see [[Phoneme /ɔː/ in General American]].}}
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{{IPA symbol|ɔː|IPA phoneme /ɔː/|north /nɔːrθ/}}
 
{{IPA symbol|ɔː|IPA phoneme /ɔː/|thought /θɔːt/}}
 
In [[Received Pronunciation]], the [[IPA]] [[phonetic symbol]] '''/ɔː/''' corresponds to the [[vowel sound]] in words like "north", "force", and "thought". Additionally, many people pronounce "sure" as /ʃɔːr/ instead of the more traditional {{nw|/ʃʊər/.}} See [[IPA phoneme /ʊə/]].
 
  
In [[General American]] this [[phoneme]] is heard in "north", "force", "thought", and also "cloth" (the latter is pronounced [[IPA phoneme /ɒ/|/ɒ/]] in Received Pronunciation).
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{{Phonetics}}
  
In Received Pronunciation /ɔːr/ is pronounced [ɔː] unless it is followed by a vowel, i.e. when the spelling has an "r", it is normally silent unless it is followed by a vowel.
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In [[Received Pronunciation]], the [[IPA]] [[phonetic symbol]] '''/ɔ=/''' corresponds to the [[vowel]] sound in words like "four", "nor" and "small".
  
In General American the "r" in /ɔːr/ is always pronounced.
 
 
There are places in the United Kingdom where /ɔːr/ is pronounced [ɔːr], and places in North America where /r/ is silent.
 
 
[[File:Cloth-thought.png|450px]]
 
 
==Common words==
 
==Common words==
Some common words containing '''/ɔː/''' include the following:  
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Some common words containing '''/ɔ=/''' include the following:  
* with "oa": abroad - broad
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* with "o": or - born - door - floor - fork - horse - lord - more - nor - pork - short - store - storm;
* with "ough": ought - thought
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* with "ou": bought - court - fought - ought;
:past tense and past participle: bought - brought - fought - sought - thought
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* with "a": false - water;  
* with "a": water   
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* with "al": ball - call - fall - hall - mall - small - talk - walk - wall;
* with "al": almost - already - alter - always - chalk - false - salt (also /sɒlt/{{bre}}) - talk - walk
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* with "ar": quarter - war - warm - warn;
* with "all": ball - call - fall - hall - mall - small - wall
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* with "aw": hawk - jaw - law - lawn - raw - saw - shawl
* with "aw": dawn - flaw - hawk - jaw - law - lawn - raw - saw - shawl - thaw - yawn
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* with "au": August - author - autumn - daughter - taught - caught - clause;
* with "au": auction - August - author - autumn - cause - clause - daughter - fault - launch
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* [[homophones]]: bored/board - court/caught - stork/stalk.
:past tense and past participle: caught - taught
 
 
 
===/ɔːr/===
 
''See [[Decoding exercises: "orV" and "orrV"]]''
 
 
 
Some common words containing '''/ɔːr/''' include the following (note that the /r/ is silent in Received Pronunciation, unless it is followed by a vowel)
 
* with "or": afford - born - cork - door - floor - fork - horse - lord - more - nor - or - pork - score - short - store - storm - story - sword
 
* with "oar": boar - board - oar -  roar - soar
 
* with "our": court - four - pour
 
* with "ar": quarter - war - warm - warn
 
* with "awer": drawer
 
 
 
==[[Homophones]]==
 
*All accents: bored - board; clause - claws; or - oar - ore; pause - paws; warn - worn;
 
*Only in non-rhotic accents: court - caught;  source - sauce; stork - stalk.
 
*your /'''jɔːr'''{{bre}} jʊər{{ame}} jər{{bre}} {{ame}}/ - you're /'''jɔːr'''{{bre}} jʊər{{bre}} {{ame}} jər{{ame}}/
 
 
 
*What is the difference between a cat and a comma?
 
:A cat has its claws at the end of its paws and a comma has its pause at the end of its clause.
 
  
 
==Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1==
 
==Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1==
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===Spanish===
 
===Spanish===
Some Spanish speakers may, at first, have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sound in "north" and that of '''[[IPA phoneme /ɒ/|/ɒ/]]''', as in "not".
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Some Spanish speakers may, at first, have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sound in "nor" and that of '''[[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ɒ/|/ɒ/]]''', as in "not".
  
It is not uncommon to hear them pronouncing {{wrong+|/ˈalsəʊ/|Correct pronunciation is /ˈɔːlsəʊ/}} or {{wrong+|/alˈtɜːrnatɪv/|Correct pronunciation is /ɔːlˈtɜːrnətɪv/}}.
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==See also==
 
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*[[Homophone]]
See also [[Decoding exercises: "au"#Spanish L1|Decoding exercises: "au" § Spanish L1]].
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*[[Pronunciation]]
  
==See also==
 
*[[Pronunciation exercises: /ɒ/ vs /ɔː/]]
 
*[[Pronunciation exercises: /əʊ/ vs /ɔː/]]
 
*[[Pronunciation exercises: /ɒrV/ vs /ɔːrV/]]
 
  
[[category:iPA phonetic symbols|Vowel /o2/]]
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[[Category:Pronunciation]]
[[category:vowel phonemes|o2]]
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[[Category:IPA phonetic symbols]]

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