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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
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Why we pronounce differently TO and GO?

Anybody could tell me why we do not pronounce words TO and Go similarly? Why pronounce differently?

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,741 mod
    edited December 2017
    English pronunciation doesn't follow strict rules. Why? Well, English is a mixture of several different languages, and the pronunciation often depends on the etymology of the word. It is best to just accept that they are pronounced that way. If you want to study linguistics, then do some research into the origins of the words, but don't expect to be able to make any real sense of the results.
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