Words ending -er, -or, and -arThere are lots of words in English which end with the
-er sound. But when you listen to these words you can't
be sure whether the sound is made by -er, -or or -ar.
Sorry, there's no easy rule but there are a few helpful word patterns:
1. I should point out that there are more than ten times as many
words ending with -er than -or and -ar together.
So, if you guess -er then there's a good chance that you'll be right!
2. Verbs ending in a silent e usually change to nouns by ending -er:
calculate/calculator create/creator investigate/investigator
contract/contractor reflect/reflector conduct/conductor
visit/visitor exhibit/exhibitor edit/editor
5. There is no especially useful pattern to recognise words that
end in -ar except to say that many of them finish with -lar:
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But other than that it's just a matter of memorizing the -ar words as you come across them. Mispronouncing the ending so that it rhymes with the -ar- in market is a handy memory trick.
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