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    sounds of word you and letter U

    First, does word you rhyme with word too because the pronunciation of word you consists of a consonant sound /y/ and a vowel sound /oo/ and that of word too consists of a consonant sound /t/ and a vowel sound /oo/? And second, is letter U not a pure vowel letter like letter A, E, I or O because the pronunciation of letter U is the same as that of word you?
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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    Yes, "too" and "you" rhyme.

    You are confusing how the name of the letter "U" is said with the sound that the letter makes. The sound it makes is a "pure vowel." If we say "true" we do not insert a "y" consonant sound in there.

    It is only when we say the name of the letter that we insert a "y" of sorts.

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, "too" and "you" rhyme.

    You are confusing how the name of the letter "U" is said with the sound that the letter makes. The sound it makes is a "pure vowel." If we say "true" we do not insert a "y" consonant sound in there.

    It is only when we say the name of the letter that we insert a "y" of sorts.
    Thank you, SoothingDave.

    But, since a "y" is inserted when the name of the letter U is said, is it not that the pronunciation of letter U is not a pure vowel like letter A, E, I or O?

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    No that is not correct. The vowel sound is pure.

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

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    But, since a "y" is inserted when the name of the letter U is said, is it not that the pronunciation of letter U is not a pure vowel like letter A, E, I or O?
    None of the pronunciations of A, E, I, O or U as letters are pure vowels.

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    Based on what, Ray?

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

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    Based on what, Ray?
    Based on the fact that their pronunciations are something like /eI/, /i/, /aI/, /eU/ and /yoo/ respectively. OK, E is a pure vowel /i/. Three are diphthongs, one has a consonant, and one is a pure vowel, but not the vowel that the letter represents.

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    The vowel pronunciation of A rhymes with the A in bake, make, stay, lay, etc. The I pronunciation rhymes with the I in like, bite, might, rite, etc. The E vowel pronunciation rhymes with E in be, see, me, lee, etc. The O pronunciation rhymes with the O broke, low, mole, so, etc. U is a little different, but as a vowel we don't pronounce it as you, we pronounce it is as oo. I think they are pure vowel sounds, if anything is a pure vowel sound. For me, sounds are about pronunciation.

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    That's what I said. Only E, /i/, is a pure vowel.

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    Re: sounds of word you and letter U

    By 'pure vowel' I mean not consisting of a consonant sound. A, E, I, and O are pure vowels.

    And, by 'letter' I mean the alphabetical letter, and 'letter U' is the alphabetical letter U, 'letter A' is the alphabetical letter A, and so on.

    I was in the opinion that the alphabetical letter U is pronounced as /iu:/ and the word you is pronounced as /yu:/ and the two pronunciations are not the same.

    Correction: "consisting of" in paragraph one should read "containing".
    Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 11-Apr-2015 at 10:03. Reason: Addition of paragraph 4.

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