Section 5

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Like the vowel e, Middle English long o has both open and closed values. The open o is pronounced like caught, while the closed o is pronounced like coat. Modern English words spelled with oa were usually open in Middle English. 

Long 'o' close, as in 'note'

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bootes

good

 

Long 'o' open- as in 'broad'

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holy

boot

 

Short 'o', as in 'hot'

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oft

folk

 

Long 'o' close, Long 'o' open and Short 'o' Sentence Examples

And he was clad in cote and hood of grene,

A sheef of pecok arwes bright and kene

Under his belt he bar ful thriftily

(GP 103-105)

 

He never yet no vilenye ne sayde

In al his lyf unto no maner wight

(GP 70-71)