– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter O:  Ou ) –


 

An alphabetical pronunciation guide of The Common Tongue – a.k.a. – American English Pronunciation, containing the phonetic spellings of a vast selection of common and not-so-common words in the English language, with more added daily.

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The pronunciations are not Universal as there are many different dialects of the English language, both world-wide and throughout America. The pronunciations that are presented here are based upon a combination of both common usage and the most neutral accent used in The International Common Tongue.

 


Ou

 

Ob . Oc . Od . Oe . Of . Oh . Oi . Ok . Ol . Om . On . Op . Or . Ot . Ov . Ow . Ox

Ouch
– for this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination

/ow-ch//au.tʃ/ – Notice also that the “ch” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Ought
– For this word, the “ough” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/aw[t]//ɔ[t]/

 

Ounce
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “c” is soft, the “e” is silent

/own-s//ˈaun.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Ounces
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “c” is soft, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/OWN-siz//ˈaun.sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Our
– For this word, the “O” is short, and the “u” is pronounced like the letter “w”

/AH-w’r//ˈɑ.wɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Ours
– For this word, the “O” is short, the “u” is pronounced like the letter “w”, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

/AH-w’rz//ˈɑ.wɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Ourselves (our-Self-s)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the first “e” is short, the second “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

/ahr-SEHLV-z//ɑɹ.ˈsɛlv.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Out
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/ow[t]//ɑu[t]/

 

Outbreak (out-Break)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like a single True Long “A”, and the final “k” is (sometimes) stopped

/OW[T]-brayk//ˈau[t].bɹek/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Outdoor (out-Door)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, and the “oo” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o”

/ow[t]-DOHR//au[t].ˈdoɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Outdoors (out-Doors)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “oo” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o”, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

/ow[t]-DOHR-z//au[t].ˈdoɹ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Outer
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is a flap-t, and the “e” disappears

/ow-d’r//ˈau.ɾɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Outfit
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the first “t” is (usually) stopped, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/OW[T]-fih[t]//ˈɑu[t].fə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Outgoing (out-Going)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “g” is hard, the “o” is long, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ow[t]-GOH-ing//au[t].ˈgo.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Outline (out-Line)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “i” is long, and the final “e” is silent

/OW[T]-lain//ˈau[t].laiːn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Outlined (out-Lined)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “i” is long, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “n” – the “e” is silent and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/OW[T]-lain-[d]//ˈau[t].leiːn.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Output (out-Put)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “u” turns into a true-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/OW[T]-pə[t]//ˈau[t].pə[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Outrage (out-Rage)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphtong, the “g” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/OW[T]-raydʒ.d//ˈau[t].ɹaiːdʒ.d/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Outraged (out-Raged)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphtong, the “g” is soft, and since the root word ends with the sound of the soft letter “g” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent

/OW[T]-raydʒ.d//ˈau[t].ɹaiːdʒ.d/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Outrageous
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “a” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, “g” is soft, the “e” is silent, and for the “-ous” suffix – the “ou” combination turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ow[t]-RAY-dʒihs//ou[t].ˈɹeiː.dʒə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Outside (out-Side)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “i” is long, the “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/ow[t]-SAI[D]//ɑu[t].ˈsaiː[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Outstanding (out-Standing)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the first “t” is (often) stopped, the “a” is short, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ow[t]-STæN-ding//ɑu[t].ˈstæn.dɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Outstandingly (out-Standing-ly)
– For this word, the “Ou” combination is pronounced like an “ow” combination, the first “t” is (usually) stopped, the “a” is short, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/ow[t]-STæN-ding-lee//au[t].ˈs[t]æn.dɪŋ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter O ) –

 


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