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See the vowel "
o"? I couldn't find any word in the English dictionary that has the sound
/o/ alone without being part of a diphthong.
For example, in
/ɡoʊ/ (go), the
/ʊ/ stands right after
Are there any words like
/ko/ where the
/o/ stands alone?
I feel that in English we can only have
/o/ cannot stand alone. That is why my English teacher only teaches us to pronounce the diphthong
/oʊ/. She doesn't teach the pronunciation of