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    Past tense of to sew, surely sewed?? and yet it sounds so wrong!!

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    sew:

    • sew, sewed, sewn, sewing, sews



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    Default Re: past tense of to sew

    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    Past tense of to sew, surely sewed?? and yet it sounds so wrong!!
    It's its orthographic ending, -ew. We expect "sew" [o] to be like "flew" [u]:

    :D flew [flu], flown [flown]
    sew [su], sown [sown]

    sew [so], sewed [sowd], sown [sown]

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    They are homophones (words that sound alike but have different meanings).

    sew:

    • sew, sewed, sewn, sewing, sews


    sow:

    • sow, sowed, sown, sowing, sows

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    They are homophones (words that sound alike but have different meanings).

    sew:

    • sew, sewed, sewn, sewing, sews


    sow:

    • sow, sowed, sown, sowing, sows
    sew, pronounced [su] and sow, pronounced [so] are not homophonous.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    They are homophones (words that sound alike but have different meanings).

    sew:

    • sew, sewed, sewn, sewing, sews


    sow:

    • sow, sowed, sown, sowing, sows
    sew, pronounced [su] and sow, pronounced [so] are not homophonous.

    They are the way I pronounce them. I am from the Midwest and my wife is from the South, and we both pronounce them as homophones. Should I start a poll (pole)?

    :wink:

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    • They are the way I pronounce them. I am from the Midwest and my wife is from the South, and we both pronounce them as homophones. Should I start a poll (pole)?


    Addendum

    to sew, vb. to join with needle and thread, pronounced as [so], or as [su], like the girl's name Sue, in the Midwest and the South.

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    They are to me (BE speaker), too. I say 'so' for both.

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