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    Won't want

    Is there any difference between "won't" and "want" in British English?
    I heard there's a difference between them in American English, and someone told me they are pronounced the same in British English.

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    Re: Won't want

    Hi JustLearningEnglish

    Yes there is a difference in the pronunciation of the "o" sound (in British English).

    In "won't" it's pronounced long (as in "note")
    In "want" it's pronounced short (as in "not").

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Won't want

    Thanks, Sir!

    By the way, do you pronounce these word pairs the same:

    1. Scold - scald
    2. Bowl - ball

    I again heard that in the UK people pronounce them in a similar fashion, if not the same.


    Thanks again!

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    Re: Won't want

    They're close but not identical to me.

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    Re: Won't want

    Hi JustLearningEnglish
    1.
    Scold: rhymes with bold, cold, fold, old
    Scald: rhymes with balled, called, stalled
    2.
    Bowl: rhymes with coal, foal, goal, hole, whole
    Ball: rhymes with all, call, fall, gall, hall

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Won't want

    Thanks guys!

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