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OO (zoo) Sound Word List

By Rodney Everson

The /oo/ sound is one of four sounds you can think of as beginning with the letter “o”. The four sounds are /ow/ (cow), /oy/ (toy), /oo/ (zoo), and /oul/ (would).

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 111 of them are one-syllable words in which the vowel sound is /oo/. There are nine different spellings, so it is one of the more complex sounds when it comes to spelling accurately. In addition, many of the /oo/ spellings also represent other sounds so overall it is a challenging list of words to learn.

The "oo" spelling is the most common. Both the "ew" and the "ue" spellings are usually found at the end of a one-syllable word. Beyond that, there are few spelling patterns evident in the list.

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