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He bought enough cookie dough and boughs of holly, but he coughed and hiccoughed through the holiday.

the 7 pronunciations of ough    Rick Shur, 2001

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  1. It is Christmas time. Deck the halls with boughs of holly.
  2. I drank too much so I have the hiccoughs.
  3. The bird flew through the window.
  4. I have a cold and I am coughing.
  5. To make bread, first you must knead the dough.
  6. For some people, learning English is easy, but for me, it's tough.
  7. Today is your birthday. Here is the present I bought for you.

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