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There are two ways of spelling the sound /ou/ and a few tips to help you.

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Words use the letters ou or ow to make /ou/

The vast majority of words that end with the /ou/ sound will end with the letters ow.

Both options are used in the middle of a word but ou is more common.

Before n and l it is usually ow.

Before nd, use ou.

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ou asin cloudow asin cow
ouchour*outloudproudshroudfoul*nounflour*hour*sourscourloutscoutshoutspoutsproutstoutboundfoundgroundhoundmoundpoundroundsoundwoundcouchcrouchpouchslouchcountmountmouthsouthhousegrousemousespouserouseblouseouncebouncepounceflouncetrounceloungescrounge
owlbow*browhownowprowrowsowvowfowl*howlgrowlprowlscowlbrownclowncrowndowndrownfrowngowntowncrowd

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