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What are some words with a long O sound?

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Some words with a long "o" sound are "no," "go," "bingo" and "hello." In addition to a standalone "o" at the end of a word, there are several letter combinations that result in the long "o" sound. For example, the letters "ow" often result in a long "o" sound, such as in the words "throw," "know," "show" and "glow." The combination "oa" can also indicate a long "o" sound, such as in the words "oath," "boat," "moan," "goat" and "toad."

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In addition to words spelled with "ow" and "oa," the long "o" sound is also present in words spelled with an "o," a consonant and a silent "e." Examples of these words include "bone," "choke," "home" and "wrote." A long "o" can also be heard when the letter "o" is between two consonants, as in the words "holy," "stroll," "colt" and "both." As with many languages, there are exceptions to the rules. In English, there are words that feature a long "o" sound but are not spelled with the letter "o." Examples of these words include "sew" and "beau."

The long "o" sound is pronounced by placing the tongue in a low position in the mouth with the sides touching the bottom teeth. The jaw is then raised while the lips form a circle and the tongue moves upward.

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