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  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were too close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into the sewer.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  22. A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

(This sentence contains every pronunciation of "ough", which can be pronounced in nine different ways. I do hope you're having fun with English.)


  1. This is a great post. I love how English words vary in pronunciation like they do.

    Your pronunciation of slough reminded me of a post I wrote called Weird English. In my area we say "slew".

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  3. Anonymous3:58 am

    a very great post i think to learn about pronunciation!
    as a student, it helps me a lot.

  4. Anonymous1:29 pm

    This sentence contains every pronunciation of "ough", which can be pronounced in nine different ways. I cannot tell the difference between plough and slough. I make it only eight different ways. Am I missing something?

  5. Anonymous8:43 am

    Can someone tell me the point of being able to post comments if nobody bothers answering them?

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  8. The place Slough rhymes with now.
    When you remove skin it rhymes with rough.
    When it's a muddy ditch it is pronounced "slew" in the USA, but yes, it rhymes with plough in the UK.

    Unfortunately in the recording I used the British pronunciation, but I have now corrected it to make the differences clearer.

    The different pronunciation of slough.

  9. "I cannot tell the difference between plough and slough."

    Hi. "Plough" is more often spelled "plow" in US English and rhymes with "how, now, and cow" worldwide. "Slough" is not commonly used in the US, is a homonym of “slow” and rhymes with "though, dough, know, and grow" when talking about a ditch (a more common word), but is pronounced like UK English when talking about the shedding of skin, and is sometimes spelled “sluff” in this instance. In the UK it rhymes with "enough, rough, gruff, and buff." I believe there is another pronunciation, from Old English, that rhymes with “blew” and “true” and was spelled “slughe.”

    Hope this is more helpful than it is confusing. :^/

  10. Arghhh! A nightmare while I’m awake?

    I really can’t appreciate this wee bit of fun with English, I’m not a connoisseur. LOL

  11. I turned it into a guess game on a voice forum and that was fun.

    A ginormous (like this word) thank you for it!

  12. It is fun, as long as you're not learning English. :-p

  13. Most pronunciation guides classify "through" and "slough" as having the same pronunciation. The ninth pronunciation should be "lough" (as in "loch").


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