-au, -aw, -ow, -ou, -oi, -oy What Are Vowel Diphthongs? caughttoys
ow and ou: These vowels make the sound as if you were being pinched and said “OWW!” ow and ou can also say “O” when it is at the end of a word. round, wow, mow Can you hear the difference between wow and mow? ow & ou OWWW!
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oi and oy: These vowels make the sound of a pig that says “OINK!” oi: oi comes in the front and the middle of a word oy: oy comes on the end of a word boil, boy oi & oy OINK!
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au and aw: These vowels make the sound like a person makes when they see something cute. “Aww!” augh can make the same sound as au, because the gh is silent. fault, caught, paw au & aw Aww! Look at the cute kitten!
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Sample Sentences! [practice with a partner] The boy destroyed the toy. He avoided making the choice because they were annoyed by the noise of the buoys. What noise annoys an oyster? The noise that annoys an oyster is a noise that knows no oyster. I saw the paw get caught by astronauts Paul and Lauren as they were near the fault line trying to thaw the raw meat for dinner. The mouse near the house wanted to take a ride on the cloud to see the brown cow blow over the pillow by the window. I thought “Wow!” this is happening now! The man really wanted to destroy the decoy he saw in the south. It was autumn and we had one hour to count before the loud mouth would annoy us in his new automobile.