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    Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cute'?

    Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cute'?

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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    For me, it is.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    No, cute is pronounced kyoot.
    Shoot - oo; cute - yoo

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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    In BrE, definitely not. The word "cute" sounds as if it has the word "you" in the middle. It is "kyoot" (I don't do phonetics, that's just how I would try and write the pronunciation). I'm sure you know how the letter "Q" is pronounced in English. Say that letter and then add the "t" sound to the end and you have "cute".

    "Shoot" and "chute" are homonyms though.

    (Cross-posted with Raymott. Glad to see we both went with "kyoot" though.)
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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    The vowel sound is the same. You have introduced sounds from the consonant.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    I disagree. For me, the first consonant is simply an unvoiced "c". The letter "u" is then pronounced "yoo" the same way it is when you recite the alphabet. The "te" on the end is an unvoiced "t" sound. It's not broken down into "ky - oo - t".
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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    And I disagree. The two words rhyme because of the vowel sound. Why else would "cute" and "shoot" rhyme?

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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    For me, they are not a true rhyme. Shoot rhymes with chute and hoot and boot and root and coot etc. Cute doesn't exactly rhyme with any word I can think of. "Cutie" rhymes with "duty" but that's the closest I can get. Again, this might be a BrE vs AmE because I think you probably pronounce "duty" as "dooty" (or possibly even "doody").

    Cute and coot are not pronounced the same.
    Chute and shoot are pronounced the same.
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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    And I disagree. The two words rhyme because of the vowel sound. Why else would "cute" and "shoot" rhyme?
    Because 'oot' and 'yoot' rhyme? The vowel sound is only half the reason they rhyme.
    So, you are implying that the 'c' in 'cute' and 'cut' are pronounced differently. Usually 'c' is described as being pronounced like /k/ or /s/. I haven't seen /ky/.
    Do you have anything more authoritative than you opinion, Mike? I could be convinced. But given that this happens only with a 'u' and often with other consonants (butane, cute, duty, futile, mute, nuclear, computer, tutor, etc) it certainly looks like the /y/ belongs to the 'u', not the consonant.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'oo' in the word 'shoot' the same as that of 'u' in the word 'cut

    Then you have a different meaning of "rhyme" than I do. I have no idea what your definition is.

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