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TOEFL Tip #30: Woman vs. Women

by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on April 7, 2009

The words “Woman” and “Women” sound different, but the change in pronunciation doesn’t happen where the change in spelling occurs.  When the “A” in “womAn” changes to the “E” in “womEn”, the “man” sound stays the same.

What does change is the “O” sound in the two words, even though the letter “O” stays the same.
womAn is pronounced w—-uh—-man
womEn is pronounced w—-”i” (pronounced like the “i” in “it”)—-man

Learn this correct pronunciation, and you’ll be better understood on the speaking section.

Categories: Pronunciation,Speaking

2 comments so far. Leave a comment.

  1. m

    wrote on November 22, 2009 at 12:31 am

    that was a great exercise it sounding out. =)

    Question: Which one is correct, below:

    L.A. Woman or l.a. Women ? i saw a book, and i got confused all over again.


  2. Strictly English TOEFL Tutors

    wrote on November 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t know what you mean by L.A. vs. l.a. Can you explain?

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