How is the word ‘shoal’ pronounced?

The ‘sh’ is like the ‘sh’ in ‘shop’ and ‘ship’, and the following ‘oa’ is like the ‘oa’ in ‘boat’ and ‘coat’. ‘Shoal’ rhymes with ‘pole’, ‘coal’, and ‘hole’. The word is normally used with reference to fish. A shoal of fish is a large group of fish swimming together. It is also possible to say ‘school of fish’.

*Scuba diving was a wonderful experience. We swam among shoals of fish

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – November 27, 2007

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