Spelling the Schwa Sound

    When a vowel isn't stressed then it's often difficult to work out how to spell it.
    Read the following words and listen to the way you say the underlined vowels:
    relative cigarette information

    The chances are you didn't pronounce them very clearly and you might guess that any of the vowels would fit:
    a: e: i: o: or u.
    Here's a tip: If you're not sure about a vowel sound then try to think of another word which comes from the same root. You might be lucky and find one in which that vowel sound is stressed and this will help you.

    relative relation (the -a- is stressed)
    cigarette cigar (the -a- is stressed)
    information inform (the -or- is stressed)

    1. Put the missing vowels in the following words. Then copy the whole word in the third column.

    define defin  tion  
    sedate sed  tive  
    explore expl  ration  
    console cons  lation  
    preservation preserv  tive  

    2. Now memorize the focus words and test yourself on them. Concentrate particularly on the underlined vowels.

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Focus Words

information

definition

consolation

relative

exploration

cigarette

preservative

library

sedative

imaginative