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English Pronunciation

Vowels: short o sound /ɑ/

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ESL/ELL/EFL short o sound pronunciation

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How to pronounce the short o sound

The vocal tract is very open for the production of the short o sound. In fact, the jaw is held more open and the back of the tongue is held lower for this sound than any other American English vowel sound pronunciation. The tongue touches the inside of the bottom teeth so that the top of the tongue is nearly even with the top of the bottom teeth. The lips are held open and kept rounded, but relaxed.


Common short o spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
-o-(CVC)[1] odd
box
shock


long o (most)
aw sound (dog)

[1] o spelling followed by the letter r
When the consonant following the letter o is the letter r (as in the words for and order), the sound is usually pronounced as the or sound instead of the short o sound followed by the r sound. If the or spelling occurs on an unstressed syllable (as in the words honor and doctor), a schwa+r pronunciation is also possible.


The short o sound in suffixes

none

Non-phonetic short o words

The short o sound is underlined in the following words:
father


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