Long vowel sounds: -e-
When you here a long -e- sound, particularly in the middle of a word, it's often spelled -ea- or -ee-, like the words here:
|cheap reason leaf
loudspeaker steal meal
|green freezing keep
But there's no advice I can give you to help you decide which one it is!
If you're not sure, try writing the word both ways on a scrap of paper,
first with -ea- and then with -ee-.
Nearly always you'll spot the one you want!
1. In the following pairs, underline the word that you think is correct:
2. Now make some more words by writing -ea- or -ee- in the gaps:
Click here to check the answers
*Don't forget that you can also spell the long -e- sound by writing -ie- and -ei-
For example: believe thief ceiling receive
Look back at Rules 1 to revise the rule about -ie- and -ei-
Finally, remember that you can also use the "magic e" to make a short -e- become a long -e-,
as in athlete, stampede and Japanese.
Click here for the magic e worksheet