Vowel Sounds: Everyday Words

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  • 1. 

    What is the A sound in the word "late?"

    • A.

      Short A

    • B.

      Long A

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Long A
    Explanation
    The A sound in the word "late" is a long A sound. In English, the long A sound is typically pronounced as /eɪ/ and is represented by the letter A. This sound is commonly found in words like "late," "cake," and "take."

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  • 2. 

    What is the A sound in "around?"

    • A.

      Short A

    • B.

      Long A

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Schwa
    Explanation
    The A sound in "around" is called a schwa. The schwa is a neutral vowel sound that is commonly found in unstressed syllables. It is represented by the upside-down "e" symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). In the word "around," the A is unstressed and pronounced as a schwa, which sounds like a short "uh" sound.

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  • 3. 

    What is the A sound in the word "habit?"

    • A.

      Short A

    • B.

      Long A

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Short A
    Explanation
    The A sound in the word "habit" is pronounced as a short A. This can be confirmed by pronouncing the word and paying attention to the sound of the vowel. The short A sound is a short and crisp sound, as opposed to the long A sound which is longer and more drawn out. The word "habit" does not have a schwa sound, which is a neutral vowel sound. Therefore, the correct answer is Short A.

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  • 4. 

    What is the I sound in "bright?"

    • A.

      Short I

    • B.

      Long I

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Long I
    Explanation
    The I sound in "bright" is a long I sound. This is because "bright" follows the pattern of the "magic e" rule, where the letter I is followed by a silent E at the end of the word. This silent E changes the pronunciation of the I from a short I to a long I sound.

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  • 5. 

    What is the I sound in the word "indoors?"

    • A.

      Short I

    • B.

      Long I

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Short I
    Explanation
    The I sound in the word "indoors" is a short I sound. This is because the letter I is pronounced as a short vowel sound, similar to the sound in the word "sit" or "win." It is not pronounced as a long I sound, which would be more like the sound in the word "time" or "line." It is also not pronounced as a schwa sound, which is a neutral vowel sound, or as none of these. Therefore, the correct answer is Short I.

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  • 6. 

    What is the I sound in the word "chemistry?"

    • A.

      Short I

    • B.

      Long I

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Schwa
    Explanation
    The I sound in the word "chemistry" is represented by the schwa sound. The schwa is a neutral vowel sound that is often found in unstressed syllables. In this case, the "I" in "chemistry" is not emphasized or stressed, so it takes on the schwa sound.

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  • 7. 

    What is the E sound in "extra?"

    • A.

      Short E

    • B.

      Long E

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Short E
    Explanation
    The E sound in "extra" is a Short E. This is because the vowel sound in "extra" is pronounced as a short and closed E sound, similar to the sound in the word "bet" or "pet". It is not a Long E sound, which is usually found in words like "see" or "tree". It is also not a Schwa sound, which is a neutral and unstressed vowel sound. Therefore, the correct answer is Short E.

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  • 8. 

    What is the E sound in "please?"

    • A.

      Short E

    • B.

      Long E

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Long E
    Explanation
    The E sound in "please" is pronounced as a Long E. The Long E sound is commonly represented by the letter "e" and is a vowel sound that is elongated and pronounced with the mouth slightly more open. In the word "please," the Long E sound is represented by the letter "e" and is pronounced as /iː/.

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  • 9. 

    What is the E sound in "mother?"

    • A.

      Short E

    • B.

      Long E

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Schwa
    Explanation
    The E sound in "mother" is pronounced as a schwa. The schwa is a neutral vowel sound that is often represented by the letter "e" in unstressed syllables. In the word "mother," the first syllable is unstressed, so the E sound is reduced to a schwa sound.

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  • 10. 

    What is the E sound in "survey?"

    • A.

      Short E

    • B.

      Long E

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    D. None of these
    Explanation
    The E sound in "survey" is not represented by any of the given options. In the word "survey," the E sound is actually represented by the letter "e" followed by the letter "y," which creates a unique sound that is not categorized as short E, long E, or schwa. Therefore, none of the given options accurately represent the E sound in "survey."

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  • 11. 

    What is the O sound in "other?"

    • A.

      Short O

    • B.

      Long O

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Schwa
    Explanation
    The O sound in "other" is represented by the schwa sound. The schwa is an unstressed and neutral vowel sound, often represented by the symbol /ə/. In this case, it is the sound that is heard in the unstressed syllable "the" in "other". It is a very common sound in English and can be found in many words where the vowel is not stressed.

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  • 12. 

    What is the O sound in "over?"

    • A.

      Short O

    • B.

      Long O

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Long O
    Explanation
    The O sound in "over" is pronounced as a Long O. This is because the letter O in this word is followed by the letter V, which creates a long vowel sound. The Long O sound is commonly found in words like "boat" or "goat," where the O is pronounced as "oh." In contrast, the Short O sound is found in words like "hot" or "top," where the O is pronounced as a shorter "ah" sound.

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  • 13. 

    What is the O sound in "obstacle?"

    • A.

      Short O

    • B.

      Long O

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Short O
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Short O. In the word "obstacle," the O sound is pronounced as a short vowel sound. This can be identified by the quick and brief pronunciation of the O sound, as opposed to a long O sound which would be more prolonged.

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  • 14. 

    What is the O sound in "effort?"

    • A.

      Short O

    • B.

      Long O

    • C.

      Schwa

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Schwa
    Explanation
    The O sound in "effort" is pronounced as a schwa. A schwa is a neutral vowel sound that is often represented by the letter "ə". It is a relaxed and unstressed sound, commonly found in unstressed syllables. In the word "effort", the O sound is not emphasized and is pronounced as a schwa, making it a correct answer.

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  • 15. 

    What is the U sound in "flute?"

    • A.

      Schwa

    • B.

      Long U only

    • C.

      Y + Long U

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Long U only
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Long U only." In the word "flute," the U sound is pronounced as a long U, which is a vowel sound commonly found in words like "blue" or "true." It is not pronounced as a schwa, which is a neutral vowel sound, nor is it a combination of Y and long U. Therefore, the correct answer is "Long U only."

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  • 16. 

    What is the U sound in "excuse?"

    • A.

      Schwa

    • B.

      Long U only

    • C.

      Y + Long U

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    C. Y + Long U
    Explanation
    The U sound in "excuse" is represented by the combination of the letter Y and the Long U sound. This can be observed when pronouncing the word, as the sound produced is a combination of the Y and Long U sounds.

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  • 17. 

    What is the U sound in "understand?"

    • A.

      Schwa

    • B.

      Long U only

    • C.

      Y + Long U

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Schwa
    Explanation
    The U sound in "understand" is represented by the schwa sound. The schwa is a neutral vowel sound that is commonly used in unstressed syllables. In the word "understand," the U sound is not emphasized or stressed, so it takes on the schwa sound.

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  • 18. 

    Which sound do you hear in "cook?"

    • A.

      Long U only

    • B.

      Y + Long U

    • C.

      Relaxed U

    • D.

      Schwa

    Correct Answer
    C. Relaxed U
    Explanation
    In the word "cook," the sound that is heard is a relaxed U. This is because the "oo" in "cook" is pronounced as a relaxed version of the /u/ sound, which is commonly found in words like "put" or "book." The relaxed U sound is made by rounding the lips slightly and allowing the tongue to be in a more relaxed position compared to the tense /u/ sound.

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  • 19. 

    Which sound do you hear in "stood?"

    • A.

      Long U only

    • B.

      Y + Long U

    • C.

      Relaxed U

    • D.

      Schwa

    Correct Answer
    C. Relaxed U
    Explanation
    The sound "stood" is pronounced with a relaxed U sound. This sound is similar to the short U sound, but it is slightly longer and more relaxed. It is commonly found in words like "book," "look," and "good."

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  • 20. 

    Which sound do you hear in "fool?"

    • A.

      Long U only

    • B.

      Y + Long U

    • C.

      Relaxed U

    • D.

      Schwa

    Correct Answer
    A. Long U only
    Explanation
    The sound "fool" contains the long U sound. This can be identified by the pronunciation of the vowel sound in the word, which is similar to the letter "u" in the word "moon" or "food". The other options, Y + Long U, Relaxed U, and Schwa, do not accurately represent the sound heard in "fool".

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  • 21. 

    Which sound do you hear in "grow?"

    • A.

      A to O

    • B.

      Schwa

    • C.

      Long O

    • D.

      Short O

    Correct Answer
    C. Long O
    Explanation
    In the word "grow," the sound that is heard is the long O sound. This is because the letter "o" is pronounced as a long vowel sound, similar to the sound heard in words like "go" or "so."

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  • 22. 

    Which sound do you hear in "cough?"

    • A.

      A to O

    • B.

      Schwa

    • C.

      Long O

    • D.

      Short O

    Correct Answer
    D. Short O
    Explanation
    The sound heard in the word "cough" is a short O sound.

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  • 23. 

    Which sound do you hear in "found?"

    • A.

      A to O

    • B.

      Schwa

    • C.

      Long O

    • D.

      Short O

    Correct Answer
    A. A to O
    Explanation
    In the word "found," the sound that is heard is a transition from the sound "a" to the sound "o." This is because the "ou" in "found" is pronounced as a diphthong, which means it is a combination of two vowel sounds. In this case, it starts with the "a" sound and transitions to the "o" sound. Therefore, the correct answer is "A to O."

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