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Unknown/untaught grammar rule?

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While attempting to explain to my daughter that some words that produce the /ow/ sound are spelled "ow" and some are spelled "ou" I stumbled upon an apparent "rule"(using the term loosely) that I was never taught.


Reminder: This is in no way scientific. Just what I have come up with so far.


Words that end with an "n" immediately following the /ow/ sound are spelled "ow" (ex. town). One exception that I can find is "noun".

down, drown, clown, crown, gown, etc...


Words that have letters that follow the "n" are spelled with "ou".

bound, pounce, announce, trounce, ounce, sound, amount, etc...


Am I on to something here or way off?


Have any of you ever noticed or been taught this?


Are there other similar "rules" regarding this sound that involve other letters?

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Ou or Ow: Use ou in the middle of a word and use ow at the end of words other than those that end in n or d. Examples: mouse, house, found, mount, borrow, row, throw, crow."



Thanks for the input but there is one problem here as it pertains to my question/issue...


The "ow" in borrow, row, throw and crow produce the long O sound, not the /ow/ (town) sound to which I referred.

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