How To Pick Rhymes In English (WAEC, JAMB)

Are you finding it hard to understand and answer questions on rhymes in WAEC and JAMB exam?

In this lesson…

You will learn the step-by-step method for picking the correct rhymes in your JAMB and WAEC English test of orals.


ALSO SEE: How To Answer All Questions On English Test Of Oral

Take note.

A link for you to practice real past questions on rhymes is included at the bottom of this lesson.

1. Rhymes end with the same sound

Words that rhyme must have the same sound at the end of their pronunciation.

Pronounce the words below and listen to the sound that they all end with.

— Day

— Say

— Slay

— May

— Pray

Notice that the above words all ended with the same vowel sound /eɪ/ which makes them rhyme with each other.

NOTE — it is only the sound at the end that must be similar and NOT the sound at the beginning.

2. Rhymes may not always end with the same letters

It is not unusual for words to sound the same even with different spellings.

Pronounce the words below and listen to the sound that they all end with.

— Through

— True

— Crew

Notice that the words above had different last letters, but they all ended with the same vowel sound /u:/ which makes them rhyme with each other.

3. Best rhymes have more similar sounds at their end

Some questions on rhymes can have options that all end with the same sound.

In this case,

The word that has more similar sound towards the end is your best option.

Pronounce the words below, listen to the sound that they all end with, and pick the best rhyme for “laugh“.

Which of the following rhymes with LAUGH?

A. Cough

B. Sniff

C. Scarf

D. Enough.

Notice that the options all ended with the same consonant sound /f/ that LAUGH has. However, take a closer look and you will notice that:

  • LAUGH ends with “aff
  • Cough ends with “off
  • Enough ends with “off
  • Sniff ends with “if
  • Scarf ends with “aff

Therefore, the best rhyme for “LAUGH” is “Scarf” because they both have more similar sound towards their end.

Classwork

Click on the link below to practice real past questions on rhymes now.

Practice Test

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