How to pronounce thoroughly

How to pronounce thoroughly 

How to pronounce thoroughly

How to pronounce thoroughly

People frequently ask me how to pronounce the words

  • thorough
  • thoroughly

Here’s how I respell and explain the American English pronunciation of these words.

The first syllable in each word has primary stress.

Use an /ɝ/ as in Purple sound to pronounce the vowel.

The second syllable has secondary stress.

Use an /ow/ as in Rose sound to pronounce the vowel.

Thoroughly has a third syllable. This syllable also has secondary stress. 

Use an /iy/ as in Green sound to pronounce the vowel.

Don’t rush. Say each syllable slowly a few times. Then you can speed it up.

  • THER row
  • THER row lee

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Sentences for practice

  1. She’s a very thorough auditor.
  2. He did a thorough job on that report.
  3. I reviewed the figures thoroughly.
  4. He cleaned the house thoroughly
  5. My physician is very thorough.

Remember

Don’t forget to place your tongue gently between your front teeth for the TH sound in these words.

About the author

Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.

Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.