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Know Your Pronunciations: 'ough'

In this worksheet, students practise reading and pronouncing words containing the letter string -ough.

'Know Your Pronunciations: 'ough'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The letter string 'ough' is difficult because it can be pronounced in many different ways.

The table below should help you to say the different words. Read them carefully and make sure you know how to pronounce each one correctly.

 

  sounds like:   examples:
uff (as in cuff) enough, rough, tough
oa (as in coat) though, dough
ow (as in cow) bough, drought, plough
off (as in toffee) cough, trough
oo (as in loop) through
u (as in cup) borough, thorough
or (as in born) bought, ought, thought

 

Read the word below.

 

though

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

enough

bough

dough

Read the word below.

 

thorough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

enough

borough

through

Read the word below.

 

thought

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

bought

though

through

Read the word below.

 

plough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

cough

rough

bough

Read the word below.

 

trough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

enough

cough

through

Read the word below.

 

enough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

rough

plough

cough

This time the words in the list are spelt in different ways, but two of them rhyme with bought.

 

Tick the rhyming words.

fruit

shout

taught

chute

port

Which two words rhyme with through?

flew

now

show

blue

scarecrow

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in all these words except one.

 

tough   enough   plough   rough

 

Write the odd one out in the answer box.

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in all these words except one.

 

although   dough   through   though

 

Write the odd one out in the answer box.

  • Question 1

Read the word below.

 

though

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
dough
  • Question 2

Read the word below.

 

thorough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
borough
  • Question 3

Read the word below.

 

thought

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
bought
  • Question 4

Read the word below.

 

plough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
bough
EDDIE SAYS
A bough is a large branch on a tree.
  • Question 5

Read the word below.

 

trough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
cough
  • Question 6

Read the word below.

 

enough

 

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in only one of the words in the list. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
rough
  • Question 7

This time the words in the list are spelt in different ways, but two of them rhyme with bought.

 

Tick the rhyming words.

CORRECT ANSWER
taught
port
  • Question 8

Which two words rhyme with through?

CORRECT ANSWER
flew
blue
  • Question 9

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in all these words except one.

 

tough   enough   plough   rough

 

Write the odd one out in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
plough
  • Question 10

The letters ough are pronounced in the same way in all these words except one.

 

although   dough   through   though

 

Write the odd one out in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
through
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