Spelling words with the silent 'e'

Monday, January 7, 2013

If you want to become a better speaker, it helps to be a good writer. This post is a continuation of my previous one because a focus on spelling English words will help you pronounce them and we all know that's not always so easy.

We already covered the first rule: 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' (receive, for example). Can you think of any words that fit this rule? Do you know any words that defy it?

This week's rule: silent 'e' helps a vowel say its name.

When a word ends with a vowel followed by a consonant and then silent 'e', the vowel has a long sound.

That's all you need to make a difference between hat and hate, cut and cute, fat and fate, not and note, etc. One little silent 'e' can have a big impact on English words!

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