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    lose - loose

    Is it perhaps obeying a perverse rule in English that the single 'o' in lose is pronounced with a long ooo sound: lüz, whereas the double 'o' in loose is pronounced with a short sound: lüs?

    This happens with consonants as well because the double 's' in loss is a shorter sibilant than the single 's' in close (at least in 'close the book' but not in 'close to the edge').

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    Re: lose - loose

    Is there that much difference in the length of the vowel?

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    Re: lose - loose

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is there that much difference in the length of the vowel?
    Size doesn't matter so much as direction in this case. What puzzles me is that more letters indicate a shorter sound and fewer letters a longer sound.

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    Re: lose - loose

    I think it's the final sound that is different.

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    Re: lose - loose

    Quote Originally Posted by risby View Post
    What puzzles me is that more letters indicate a shorter sound and fewer letters a longer sound.
    Lol! I was going to post the same!

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