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Sounds of letter U
How do we pronounce U and combinations starting with U in stressed syllables? Let's study cases and examples.
This long sound will often occur when
the word begins with u
there is a pattern U_сonsonant_E
in the combination ue, even if the syllable is not stressed
in some other words, we should learn those words together with their pronunciation
Ukraine, unicorn, uniform, unique, united, university, usually
abuse, amuse, refuse, cube, dispute, excuse, huge, duke
argue, continue, hue, rescue, value
accumulate, community, computer, Cuba, fuel, future, human, humour, music
If you have a closed syllable, i.e. when u is between two consonants, it might also be read /ʊ/ in some words.