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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which of the following words rhymes with "tough"?
Hint: "Rhyme" means that the ending of the word sounds similar.

Which of the following words rhymes with "cough"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "drought"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "through"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "caught"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "dough"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "rough"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "bough"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "thorough"?

Which of the following words rhymes with "draught"?


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172 Comments on “English Pronunciation: How to say words ending in -OUGH & -AUGH”


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For the first time I am the First ! Thanks teacher.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    خخخخخ
    Congratulation.☺

    Thursday, January 26th 2017

      Thanks a lot.

      Thursday, January 26th 2017

      where are you all friends? why aren’t you on Adam’s forum.It was such a fun when all of you were there.Please come back soon.

      Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

    congratulation

    Thursday, January 26th 2017

      Interesting pronunciation video-lesson Adam. However, never had I taken a pronunciation quiz like this before.

      In order to do well on the quiz, you’ve got to be familiar enough with the pronunciation of a number of unfamiliar words.

      Challenging quiz, but at the same time very illustrative of English pronunciation.

      Superb lesson Adam! Regards

      Monday, January 30th 2017

        hi regino, just i would to say that your comments are something exceptional and i bet that you’ve followed this website for a long time and you are excelent learner in english , aren’t you? for that i will alyaws read your comment, i appreciate you.good luck.

        Tuesday, January 31st 2017

          just to correct ‘ i will always’

          Tuesday, January 31st 2017

    Hello Soei,how are you doing friend? why can’t I see you on Adam’s forum these days. I have been looking for you for long.What happened to you? Is there something wrong with you.Please let me know.I am really worried for you.Stay healthy.May you be blessed.

    Tuesday, May 23rd 2017

    Adam your are the best, the number 1!
    Thanks for your lesson.

    Monday, May 29th 2017

Hello Adam .
Thank you for this lesson . I tried the quiz without seing thé lesson and I must confess due to my un-fantastic score that I would have had to look at it .
See you

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    I have watched the video and had gotten 40/100.
    It’s not FANTASTIC.

    Thursday, January 26th 2017

      Hi Zimil
      Pronounciation is not easy in english . You have to work this lesson out again and again . Good luck !

      Friday, January 27th 2017

Since I became very excited I couldn’t watch the video and I got 8 !

Thursday, January 26th 2017

7…err

Thursday, January 26th 2017

It was awesome Adam. And it was so funny while you were saying the correct way of pronunciation of words that end with (ough).😁 Thank you teacher and nice teaching.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    Or as you were saying…

    Thursday, January 26th 2017

Thanks Adam.
I have difficult to catch the difference between words pronounced with “UFF” and “Af”.

Have a nice week.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    The same problem i have.

    Thursday, January 26th 2017

Thank you very much Adam!!I had been waiting for a lesson like this for some time ago. But the problems come at the time of reading out loud or at the time of writing them.
As you said, every word is pronounced differently and there´re no rules to follow, which makes very difficult for Spanish people to learn these kind of words.
I think I should watch the video a couple of times again!
Thanks again ;)

Thursday, January 26th 2017

Hi Adam, thank you for this lesson. It’s really difficult, I should watch this video several times to remember how pronounce these words.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

Hi Adam! Nice video, pronouciation in English is a bit complicated sometimes, so thanks for teaching us about it.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

good lesson plenty of vocabulary , i suggest a lesson concern ‘suffix’ wich change the meaning of the words like ‘soulful’ ‘soulless’ and so one.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    Good point. I’ll get on that ;)

    Friday, February 10th 2017

3/10.. No satisfactory.. I need to watch this lesson again.. these was difficult for me. Thanks Adam!

Thursday, January 26th 2017

It’s not easy, but I’m supremely intelligent.Hahaha.
Many thanks for this helpful lesson, Adam.😁

Thursday, January 26th 2017

I still find your videos very useful.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    You are still watching his videos???!!!!

    Thursday, January 26th 2017

      If you guide us, I’ll give it to you🚘
      .
      .
      .
      I was just kidding.

      Thursday, January 26th 2017

        Thanks

        Sunday, January 29th 2017

Ty kindly mr Adam we all appreciate all ur help

Thursday, January 26th 2017

Hello Adam!
It’s a very interesting subject but very difficult as well!!!
Thank you for teaching us!!!

Thursday, January 26th 2017

thank you very much,Mr adam for your efforts,and the lesson is very useful

Thursday, January 26th 2017

7 correct. I thought I have failed this quiz, but not too bad. I am agree, very difficult for understanding, need to memorize.
Thank you, Adam! Good lesson

Thursday, January 26th 2017

Hi Adam ! Though I think that your lessons are the Best of the site, but I’m sorry, but in my opinion this one of the worst of your lessons.(

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    Fair enough. I’ll try not to disappoint in future ;)

    Friday, February 10th 2017

      I’m really sorry becouse of my disappointing coment Adam, but anyway Thank you very much, I Wich you the Best in your work.
      Best wiches your student, Vladislav Gubaidullin.

      Sunday, February 12th 2017

        Thank you Vladislav :)

        Friday, February 24th 2017

    I disagree with you Vladkabatkovich. The subject of this lesson is not so easy. I have always met difficulties in pronunciating these words. We must memorize them. Unfortunately, there isn’t another way to learn them.

    Monday, May 29th 2017

The answer of question 8 is bow(as in bow and arrow).
engVid’s answer, bow(as in bend at waist) is incorrect. Any choises of question 9 is not correct.

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    Actually, Massivejohn, they’re both correct.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

What a pity you didn’t read aloud that famous tongue twister, Adam :
English can be weird, it can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.

Can you do that at the beginning of next lesson, please? No matter what the next topic will be?

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    lol. It might not fit with next lesson, but I’ll see what I can do.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

WOW,Nice lesson, thank you

Thursday, January 26th 2017

bough sounds different because like you said they sound 8 different. right ?
and why cough not come in uff sounds like same spell like tough ?

Thursday, January 26th 2017

    That’s the craziness of English ;)

    Friday, February 10th 2017

Hallo Adam, in the test, there is the qoestion Nr.8 with the Word bough. In your lessen isn´t this word.

Friday, January 27th 2017

    I must have forgotten it, Adrijana, but then again, you can always check the dictionary for the pronunciation of a new word.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

It’s a very important lesson, I ought to practice these words to memorize them. Thank you, Adam.

Friday, January 27th 2017

Good job! Thank you so much.

Friday, January 27th 2017

Another great lesson.hats off to you teacher.Its your 98th video teacher and you are going to make your 100 videos soon.Wow thats great teacher,aren’t you going to celebrate your 100th video with all your students around the world,Of course you should since it was such a long journey and required alot of strength,courage and determination.And you did it successfully,thats really great thumbs up to a great teacher like you.We’ve really learnt alot from all of your precious videos and looking forword to more good videos from you and also expect a grand celebration.I personally request engvid management to do this for you as a reward for all your hardwork and to decorate the entire room even the board you write on with colourful buntings and you should also not dressed casualy in that video.Don’t you think it will add some colour to the entire leaning process and will make the students more interested and happy.Even the topic of your 100th video could be “events and celebrations” in wich you can teach us about the most popular events that are celebrated all over the world and that everybody should know about like halloween day,thanksgiving day and many other days and events like these.Thanks.Let me be the first to congratulate you on your 100th video in advance.Congratulations teacher

Friday, January 27th 2017

    Wow, what a cool suggestion!!! It can be a different and new happening in engvid. Engvid Moderator, please do this for all of our great teachers. Dear buddies, what’s your opinion???

    Saturday, January 28th 2017

      Tashakkur humsheera:)

      Monday, January 30th 2017

    Yes! I join to this as well!!! Great idea. I’ll be looking forward for the anniversary!
    But you know, maybe I’m impolite and little mannerless, but I’m so interested in personalities of EngVid teachers, that I’d rather know some details about their lives. For example, how they celebrate their birthdays and other important events. What is important for Canadian families. What kind of books are read in your family. And pets!!!! Do you like them? Excuse me if I hurt your feelings with my request in advance.

    Saturday, January 28th 2017

      hi nataanna,I really appreciate your liking for the teachers but knowing about their personal lifes would be rather too personal.I don’t know what teacher would think or say but I personally think we being students should not peep into their personal lifes,And this will also distract us from our basic purpose of learning.Well this is my thought may be teacher doesn’t think this way so don’t mind my words.I admit all the students whether they are young or old they like and admire their best teachers to the extent that they become their idols and they start worshipping them,so do you,rather all the students at this forum do.No doubt our teacher really worth this love and respect.He is the best of all.

      Sunday, January 29th 2017

        Hi Eichi! You are right, of course. My request was non-applicable. See you!

        Friday, February 3rd 2017

          Hi nataanna,I didn’t mean it.Don’t come to a conclusion so quickly,Lets wait for the teacher,Let him decide whether your request could be considered or not may be my thought is wrong and he agrees to your idea.well I have got an idea for those who wants to know about there teachers,lets have a vote on the forum,If more than 50% students vote for the idea then we all will make a request to the engvid moderator to arrange interviews of all teachers at engvid one by one starting from our great teacher Adam.In this way on one hand students will learn how to make an interview,and what are the basic questions asked in a general interview while on the other hand students like you and others will know about your favourite teachers.How is it???still don’t know what teacher will say.

          Saturday, February 4th 2017

          Another bright idea!
          Eichi, have you noticed, we compete for being the first one to comment new videos. Join us. It may seem silly for the first sight, but it’s so challenging and funny!
          I’ll float your ideas into forum the next lesson. See you

          Saturday, February 4th 2017

          Thank you dear, nataanna.

          Wednesday, February 8th 2017

      Hi! I also want to know,how they live and other important events,because I’m interesting.

      Wednesday, February 1st 2017

        Hello, Nastasyaaa!
        Note my correction: I am interestED (past participle).
        But it is an interstING (adjective) book.

        Friday, February 3rd 2017

          Ok! Thanks

          Friday, February 3rd 2017

    Great comment, Eichi. I appreciate it.

    They tried it with other teachers but n-one noticed lol. Your comment is celebration enough.:)

    Friday, February 10th 2017

      So what teacher,we don’t have anything to do with the other teachers.We want a great celebration for our teacher and you know there is a big difference between you and other teachers.You will definitely see a big difference in students response,I’m sure.I must ask all my friends at forum and we will all celebrate the event with you.Please engvid moderator do something.

      Saturday, February 11th 2017

      so what teacher why not for you???we don’t have anything to do with the other teachers.We just want a great celebration for our teacher.And you know their is a big difference between you and the other teachers.You will definitely see a big difference in students response,I’m sure.I must ask all my friends at the forum and we will all celebrate the event with you.Please engvid moderator do something,you won’t disappoint all the students.

      Saturday, February 11th 2017

Anybody please tell me was it with me or anybody else also noticed that the video was a little blur.I could not properly see what was written on the board.

Friday, January 27th 2017

    I have usually this problem too.

    Saturday, January 28th 2017

      No it doesn’t happen with me, I guess it is issue of setting, try to modify the quality of video, so click on Setting, then Quality, you will find diffrent qualities (from 144p to 1080p), choose 480, it is quite clear and visible.
      I hope this helped you.

      Saturday, January 28th 2017

        oh! thank you so much,It really worked.

        Sunday, January 29th 2017

          You are welcome :)

          Monday, January 30th 2017

    it’s goog for me.

    Saturday, January 28th 2017

It was an interesting lesson but difficult at the same time because you have to be immersed in the sound of the language all days to find out how a word is pronounced. You have to practise all time the English to identify these sounds and words, it was difficult for a latin speaker, anyway, thanks a lot, teacher Adam for your explanation.

Friday, January 27th 2017

    You’re right, Angardiobel. It takes time, practice, and patience.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

I came back to engvid. I need to speak english and i works in a American company.

Friday, January 27th 2017

    Welcome back, Edson :)

    Friday, February 10th 2017

i will try keep me be more concentrate

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Very difficult for a French people, I suppose. If I learn back this lesson one day, I’ll have really improve my English.
Thanks Adam.

Saturday, January 28th 2017

I don’t think the lesson is for beginners. When all these words are gathered together it’s difficult studying them at once (if they aren’t familiar to you). One should better memorize them one by one in context. But it’s great to make a system for higher level students or compare and revise them.
Though I had known the word draught, and moreover I’m an engineer and a constructor designer and draw every day, I made a mistake! So, I do need this lesson very much. Thank you.

Saturday, January 28th 2017

very interesting video, the pronounce in english generaly is very difficult. Thanks Adam

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Thanks for this lesson Adam! I need to practice more pronunciation and it was very useful to understand some of the english language variations.

Saturday, January 28th 2017

8 correct!!!!
great lesson !!!

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Thanks for this lesson Adam!

Saturday, January 28th 2017

we are looking forward for lessons similar to this lesson , really it is a great lesson. thak you adam.

Saturday, January 28th 2017

just the answer of the qustion 8 , i don’t understand it ?

Saturday, January 28th 2017

    Hi Skikda,

    Check out the word in the dictionary and you can hear it spoken out loud.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

Excellent class! Very helpfull!

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Thk u for ur lesson

Sunday, January 29th 2017

Thanks for lesson , Adam. Another good one. Forever EngVid!!! :)
And always English makes me ask questions.
Please explain. These words such as “regardless”, “despite” and in “spite of” are different? When should I use each of them?

Sunday, January 29th 2017

    Hi Alexander,

    In spite of and despite mean the same thing and both are prepositions. Just make sure not to mix them (no: despite of; in despite)

    regardless is used as a linking word to lead to a new idea. (it’s an adverb)

    In terms of meaning they are similar. the main difference is their place in the construction of a sentence

    Does this help?

    Friday, February 10th 2017

      I think it really does! Thank you very much.

      Saturday, February 11th 2017

although I understand almost everything what you or your colleagues say in your videos, I am still not capable to understand what cinema actors are saying when they talk.
is that normal ?? and will that be solved with the time.

Sunday, January 29th 2017

    Absolutely, Saidtiget.

    We slow down a little to help you. Also, we use simpler language. Actors in a movie use slang, and cultural references and they speak fast. You will get it with time.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

      thank you very much,I wish you all the best in your personal and professional life.

      Sunday, February 12th 2017

You’re the best Adam. Fantastic explanation!. You understand exactly what foreigners are thinking. You made it easier for us. Thank you always. I wish you all the best! Marco

Monday, January 30th 2017

Thanks, Adam.
I saw “throwback” this word in many posts.
I would like to know “throwback from five years ago” or “throwback to five years ago” which one is correct?
Under what situations should I use to and from?

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

    Sorry, get one more question.
    “continue on the subject of…” or “continue the subject of…” which one is correct? Besides, is there any other way to say and have the same meaning?
    Thanks in advance. :)

    Thursday, February 9th 2017

      Hi Sophie,

      A throwback is a reminder of a moment in the past.(throwback to). It’s common with pics (like on Instagram) when you wore crazy clothes, or had weird hair, etc.)

      Continue on the subject (means continue the discussion on…). Another way, going further…, or to get back to (the subject)…

      Friday, February 10th 2017

thorough
[‘θɜ͟ːroʊ] is AE, while BE is [‘θʌ̱rə], the latter being provided by most common dictionaries.
Besides, don’t forget ‘-ly’ can be added there to build the corresponding adverb, and the unstressed diphthong certainly turns into a schwa then.

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

    Hi Serge,

    Pronunciation is your choice. There is no one right way with such a universal language.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

      Well, that’s a bit too general statement, I suppose. ))

      Saturday, February 11th 2017

        :) What I meant to say is that you have to choose the dialect you want to follow and go with a corresponding dictionary. If you look at many words in an American or British dictionary, you’ll see different phonetic spellings. You have to go with the one you think you’ll use.

        Friday, February 24th 2017

          You really don’t have to explain that to me as I’m a professional linguist with many years of experience in languages. So please, believe me, I am perfectly aware of what you’re talking about. :)

          Saturday, February 25th 2017

Thanx teacher Adem it is wonderful vedio.

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

Adam thanks for the lesson.
Could you help me? I like this guy’s reading:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUkNQlaxSpQ
Is he real native American?(Is his accent OK?)
Thank you!

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

    If so,please tell me to which region his accent belongs because I’m beginning to notice that American people pronounce words in a little different ways.(I don’t say about black people’s accent. I watched the movie “Fences” a few times and it helped me.)
    Thank you Adam and thank you Moderator for being that question possible!

    Friday, February 3rd 2017

      Really

      Saturday, February 4th 2017

    Hi Katrin,

    His name is Mark Douglas Nelson. From what I could find online, I’d say he’s from California. He’s a professional narrator. His accent is native, but theatrical, which is why it might be throwing you off a bit.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

      Thank you Adam. I really like when he reads fiction. It feels like you’re in the middle of events and he makes me to empathize the book heroes. Thanks again.

      Saturday, February 11th 2017

i got 6 correct out of 10. it’s too bad

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

I think thorough is pronounced like “thare”. Can you please clear it

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

    Hi Pudisonu,

    Depends which dictionary you are using. With an American accent, it’s thu row.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

great lesson Adan, it was very helpfull tks

Tuesday, January 31st 2017

The most funny part was a 1:22 minuts jajajaja thanks for your valuable class Adam, grettings from Venezuela

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

I would like yo say, that was great way to learn english grammar rules and pronunciation

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

thank you teacher,i am the first time here..sorry for errore

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

    Welcome Ginevrapav :)

    Friday, February 10th 2017

sems to be so easy for the first sight but it is actually quite opposite.

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Thanks for lesson, Adam. Oh, it is not easy.

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Thank you,Adam. this lesson is interesting,but some these words are difficult.

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Thanks Adam,but it is hard for me to distinguish in between the words sound.

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

Thank you sir
i have followed this website for a long time, and i always find it useful, especially you Mr.Adam
Very useful as Always
i apperciate
thank you sir again.

Friday, February 3rd 2017

thanks Adam Some these words are very difficult.. but its hard for me

Saturday, February 4th 2017

8/10 :)

Saturday, February 4th 2017

sir i would like you to make a video on viz vidilecit and sicilicit

Sunday, February 5th 2017

    Hi Hamza,

    Not really sure what you mean. These aren’t words.

    Friday, February 10th 2017

It’s soo hard man((((

Sunday, February 5th 2017

whats wrong with the videos i cant open them

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

    Hi! It looks like you’re posting from Iran. Your government or phone/Internet provider may be blocking YouTube, where all our videos are hosted. Can you see any other YouTube videos?

    Thursday, February 9th 2017

man,that the ugliest side of english, however, I’ll repeat the lesson until I master this vocab

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

Wow, this is my first quiz. 10 out of 10. That’s encouraging!!

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

80 :/ I missed number 2 and number 8

Thursday, February 9th 2017

You are a great teacher. Thanks so much

Friday, February 10th 2017

Thanks everyone. Remember, if it were easy, none of us would be here. It takes time, practice and patience ;)

Friday, February 10th 2017

    Thank you teacher Adam for your good comment.

    Friday, February 24th 2017

an important lesson but it need a lot a lot a lot
of practice……………

Monday, February 13th 2017

Thank you such
it was very useful ☆☆☆

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Very good lesson, and very nice smile ^^ I and my husband love your smile badly. Thank you teacher <3

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

    :)

    (thank you Xuan)

    Friday, February 24th 2017

your class is so easily understandable ,,i wanna know about the use of up,down ,over ,..how is it used like this phrases .,,,write down ,take up et cetera…

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

    Hi Bishnusharma,

    These are called phrasal verbs. If you type this into the search box at the top of the page you will see many videos about this.

    Friday, February 24th 2017

you are a great teacher Mr.Adam. why can’t you do a lesson on, how to pronounce some French words used in English.

Friday, February 17th 2017

    Not a bad idea Chitra. I’ll see what I can do.

    Friday, February 24th 2017

Hello, Adam! This was a very difficult and very good lesson! I like it! Very useful and just…great!!!

Saturday, February 18th 2017

Got 06 😕 .

Thursday, February 23rd 2017

I got 6/10. This was very difficult for me. :) Thanks Adam for the lesson!

Sunday, February 26th 2017

i got 3 correct out of 10. it’s too bad

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

hi iam nwe the site i washes for gad learn english

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

thank you mester adm explian exelint

Tuesday, February 28th 2017

hi measter adam iam very happy this the site

Wednesday, March 1st 2017

Thank you Adam!I needed this explication so badly. Am looking this video for 5th time!

Wednesday, March 1st 2017

Thank you

Sunday, March 5th 2017

You got 4 correct out of 10.
:(. It was very difficult quiz for me ((

Thursday, March 9th 2017

Hi, Adam!
Thank you so much for this lesson!

Monday, March 13th 2017

Hi Adam. I am a new student from Venezuela. Thanks for this interesting lesson. You are a great teacher.

Tuesday, March 21st 2017

Hi, everybody! Though I watch engvid-lessons very oten it is my first comment. I have thought up some funny sentences to remember pronunciation of -ought words. May be it will help you too? 1.(au) You can not plough the slough./Look out! There is a drought./Shaking bough makes a souhg. 2.(af) He is rough and tough. It is enough. 3.(of) Seeing your trough I have a cough. 4.(ou) Though he kneaded the dough his furlough was not low. (I am not sure that the third and the last sentences make sence.Can anybody tell me?).

Friday, March 24th 2017

Interesting!!!!!
Thanks Adam

Thursday, March 30th 2017

THis quiz is very hard, but I like to watch your video, You are favorite teacher. thank you so much Adam
kisses Eline

Friday, April 7th 2017

huh, not easy

Monday, April 10th 2017

It’s tough !! Thank you so much for this video Adam. It definitely needs a thorough practice.

I have a question : is there a pronunciation difference between “thorough” and “sorrow” ?

Wednesday, April 19th 2017

Not easy.

Friday, April 28th 2017

Hi Adam!

Thank you for this great video. I usually confuse these words because of the difference of pronunciation and spelling. This lesson has helped me a lot.

Until next time!

Sunday, April 30th 2017

Hahahaha I thought I was good at listening and had a good level in comprehension, but this is tough.

Monday, May 1st 2017

Thanks teacher!^^

Saturday, May 6th 2017

Ver good, thanks teacher

Wednesday, May 10th 2017

I realiza that i need to improve my listening hahaha

Monday, May 15th 2017

Thanks a million Mr. Adam. That’s so helpful.

Tuesday, May 16th 2017

I got 6 correct I agree with Adam it takes time, practice and patience. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, May 25th 2017

thank you so much Adam teacher

Friday, May 26th 2017

Thank you teacher Adam. I got 6 correct.

Sunday, June 4th 2017

Adam teacher,I like you very much.I can not listen the courses,I do not know the reasons.

Monday, June 5th 2017

My God! It was the most difficult quiz in Engvid!!!

Friday, June 9th 2017
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