I wonder how an American pronounces…
cough … trough … ought to … wrought
/kɔf/ … /trɔf/ … /ˈɔ-də/ … /rɔt/
a. cough /kɔf/
b. trough /trɔf/
c. ought to /ˈɔ–də/
d. wrought /rɔt/
cough … coughing
/kɔf/ … /ˈkɔ–fɪŋ/
The girl has a bad cough.
She can’t stop coughing.
She ought to get some cough medicine.
The horse is drinking from a watering trough.
A business cycle has a peak and a trough.
There ought to be a better way.
You look awful. You ought to go back to bed.
A blacksmith works with wrought iron.
“Wrought” is an archaic form of the verb “to work,”
so “wrought iron” means “worked iron.”
What a spectacular wrought iron gate!