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    gh /vs./ g

    Hi,
    What's the pronunciation difference between letters [g] and [gh]?

    I think they both have the same pronunciation. But not sure.

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    #2

    Re: gh /vs./ g

    Not necessarily. Gh can have be silent or sound like the letter f. G has a hard sound - go - a soft sound - giraffe - and can combine with letter like n to make the ng sound. They do sometimes have the same sound in words like ghost, but other than that they are not the same.

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    Re: gh /vs./ g

    Here are some words that rhyme in BrE:

    cough - off
    rough - puff
    laugh - half
    thought - caught - taut
    plough - cow
    though - go
    through - true
    thorough
    - (no exact rhyme that I know of).
    hiccough - pick-up
    eight - late
    sighed - ride

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    #4

    Re: gh /vs./ g

    thorough - furrow

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    #5

    Re: gh /vs./ g

    And Loughborough features two different pronunciations of gh in a single word.

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    Re: gh /vs./ g

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    thorough - furrow
    Not in BrE. The second syllable of 'thorough' is an unstressed schwa.

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    Re: gh /vs./ g

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    thorough - furrow
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Not in BrE. The second syllable of 'thorough' is an unstressed schwa.
    It doesn't always work for my AmE pronunciation either. I usually pronounce the first syllable of thorough like "Thor".
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It doesn't always work for my AmE pronunciation either. I usually pronounce the first syllable of thorough like "Thor".
    Is this common? I hadn't noticed it.

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    Re: gh /vs./ g

    I guess not everybody pronounces it the same way, but to my ears "thorough" has always rhymed with "furrow".

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    Re: gh /vs./ g

    I'm re-thinking my previous post. I also generally pronounce it to rhyme with furrow.
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