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    Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'?

    Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'?

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    Get ready for some disagreement here, as you saw in your thread about "shoot" and "cute".

    My response to your question again, here, is no.

    Few = f-yoo
    Jew = joo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    Thank you for your quick response, Emsr2d2.
    Sounds /yoo/ and /oo/ are interesting in English pronunciation.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    I would say they are the same. The "y" is not a vowel sound.

    Again, a link to rhymezone:

    http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi...&org2=l&org3=y

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    I'm with Mike. "Y" is not a vowel. If you ask if the vowel sounds ("ew") are the same, I will say yes.

    If you ask if a "y" sound gets put into "few," I will also say yes. It's a consonant.

    It's about definitions. "Y" isn't a vowel here. It's not part of the "ew" sound.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    Otherwise, it would be like saying that "grew" does not have the same sound as glue because there is no "r" sound.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    Is 'ew' pronounced /yoo/ or /oo/?
    It's confusing and interesting.

    Thank you for all the answers.
    Looking forward to more.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    "Ew" which is used in BrE to denote disgust (a bit like "yuk") is pronounced "yoo". It's pronounced the same in few, pew, mew, new (and anew and renew) and hew. As a general rule, if there is only one letter (or, rather, one consonant) before "ew", it's pronounced "yoo". "Jew" is an exception.

    If there is more than one consonant before it, then it's pronounced "oo" - threw, flew, grew etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Y" isn't a vowel here. It's not part of the "ew" sound.
    Where does it come from then?

    Are you suggesting that it's part of the 'f' sound?

    'Ewe' is pronounced /juː/ and 'yew' is also pronounced /juː/
    'Few' is /fjuː/. At least, it is in BrE.

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    Re: Is the sound of 'ew' in the word 'few' the same as that of 'ew' in the word 'Jew'

    The point is that the vowel "SOUND" has nothing to do with Y. The vowel SOUND is "ew". "Few" rhymes with Jew and new and clue and glue. That depends only on sounds. You can use phonetic symbols for the entire word, but it doesn't change the vowel sound.

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