Minimal Pair List Vowels 17 and 20, / aʊ / versus / ʊə / 12 pairs

The / aʊ / diphthong is spelled <ou> or <ow>. The / ʊə / diphthong is spelled <ure> or <oor>.

This is a contrast between two diphthongs with different starting positions and direction of movement. It is not a problem for learners.

The density figure is 1.14%. The set makes 6 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 55%.

aloud allured
allow allure
  allowed allured
  allows allures
bough boor
  boughs boors
bow boor
  bows boors 
loud lured
mow moor
  mows moors 
spouse spoors