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I have hard time figuring out whether to pronounce the"f" sound for words ending in ph.
For example, i saw a city in England called "Desborough". I remember there is a city called Scarborough. Or they pronounce like "through" and "rough"?Is there a rule for this?
In the use, those would both be said as though it ended in burrow. That's not quite right - it's a cross between 'bro with the same sound as throw - and burrow. But they certainly don't have the same sound as "rough."
When suffixed to another syllable or two, the "bor" tends to become "br".
= ow as in cow: bough, plough, slough, sough
= oa as in oat: though, although, dough, borough, furlough, thorough
= oo as in moon: through, slough
= uff as in stuff: tough, rough, slough, enough, sough
= off as in off: cough, trough
= up as in up: hiccough
But whatever you do, do not pronounce names like Buckingham as the laughable buk-ing-ham, with the emphasis on the last syllable. It's correctly pronounced buk-ing-uhm with a very slight emphasis on the first syllable.
BillJBut whatever you do, do not pronounce names like Buckingham as the laughable buk-ing-hamLikewise with Oregon, which is not OR-e-GON, but OR-i-guhn.
We do have Birmingham as BUR-ming-HAM here, however.
Topsham and Lancaster are two I've lived near.
Top-SHAM shows you've never set foot in the town, and Lan-CASTer also marks you as a non-native.
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