I would like your advise on the following :-

1) "Wrought" is not pronounced exactly like "rot", which has a shorter vowel. The vowel should sound much more like that in "bought" or "sought". My question is, does the shorter vowel refers to 'Wrought' or 'rot'? I am confused.

2) Can I re-phrase the above sentence to .... "Wrought" which has a shorter vowel, is not pronounced exactly like "rot"? Please advise. Thank you
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You are correct:

"Wrought" is not pronounced like "rot", it is similar to "bought" and "sought".

My question refers to the use of English grammar.

I have been taught that 'which' always refer to the nearest noun (rot). Does that mean that, the phrase 'which has a shorter vowel' should refer to rot?

Please advise.
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Doreen: Yes, that's true.
Interesting, folks. I pronounce "rot" and "wrought" in pretty much the same way. "Wrought" sounds like "bought" and "sought," but so does "rot." Is this a regional thing, perhaps, or am I missing subtleties of pronunciation?
My question was.....when the word 'which' is used, does it refer to the first noun (wrought) or the second noun (rot).

I was told that the word 'which' often refers to the first noun (wrought) but in this sentence, it is referring to the second noun (rot). How do I apply the grammar principals in this sentence?
"Which" refers to the last noun mentioned, that means in your sentence:

"Wrought is not pronounced like rot, which has a shorter vowel."

which refers to "rot" because that is the last one mentioned in the sentence before.
In "Rot is not pronounced like wrought, which has a longer vowel.", which would refer to wrought then.

You were taught "the 1st noun" maybe because you were told it is the first noun, when you go backwards the word "which"??
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Well, the first noun thing is true sometimes... for participial phrases, for example. But not with "which."
Kit, I pronounce all those words the same way, and I'm Scottish. I was once told that the Scots tend to shorten their vowels where the English lengthen them. The Scots and Americans, and it seems Canadians too (LOL), have similar vowel sounds. My husband who is English would pronounce these words differently, but for me there is no difference in sound.
Which won't help Doreen, I'm sad to say.
Could I ask if you pronounce "hot" in the same way?
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