Unit 2.1

Letter: w

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Introduction

The letter w has different pronunciations depending on its position.

Form

The letter w can be pronounced differently depending on its position in the word and the letters that follow.

Example

  1. -w at the end of the word:
    • how;
    • know;
    • rainbow.
  2. wh– before i, a, e:
    • whale;
    • wheel;
    • white.
  3. wh- before o:
    • who;
    • whole;
    • wholesale.
  4. wr- at the beginning of word:
    • wrap;
    • write;
    • wrong.

Use

  1. When w is the last letter of a word  is pronounced as ou;
  2. when wh– is at the beginning of the word, it’s pronounced u+vowel when is placed before i, a, e;
  3. it’s pronounced h (aspirated) when is placed before o;
  4. when wr– is at the beginning of the word is pronounced as r-.
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