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    What is a phoneme? if you any that end in ough or ugh, have ough or ugh in the word?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermione Granger
    What is a phoneme? if you any that end in ough or ugh, have ough or ugh in the word?
    In addition, the word though has two phonemes: 1) the sound represented by the letters <th> and 2) the sound represented by the letters <ough>. A phoneme is the smallest, distinctive unit of sound. For example,

    man (3 phonemes)
    thought (3 phonemes)
    little (3 phonemes)

    Here's a way to find the number of phonemes. Pronounce the word:

    man => [m], [ae], [n] (3 phonemes)

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