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The letters "oo" can represent several different vowel sounds. This letter combination is most commonly used for vowel /u/. Next most common is vowel /ʊ/. Below find a list of the most frequently used words with "oo." Since the most frequent accent error pattern for these sounds is to use /u/ instead of /ʊ/, I recommend learning the words with /ʊ/. Note that several of these words serve as suffixes in longer words (for example: hood - neighborhood, adulthood; wood - firewood, deadwood; etc.).
Use the recording and list below to test your listening - can you tell which vowel sound is in the word? Consider writing the words with IPA symbols in place of "oo." Check your work with the lists above.
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