Long vowel sounds: -a-1. The long -a- is most often written a-e for example state.
Usually there is only one letter between the a and the e
as in plate. But often there is more than one, as in table.
It's the magic e which makes the -a- have a long sound.
(Remember to have a look at the magic e page if you haven't
done so already)
Underline the a-e combination in each of the following words.
The first two are done for you.
hate cradle mate grade trace parade skate statement
dazed disgraceful rotate displacement bracelet ladle
2. But -ai- and -ay also make the long a sound. You'll notice
that -ai- usually comes in the middle of a word and
the long a right at the end of a word is always -ay.
Write the correct combination in the following words:
dr___n, sw___, cl___, excl___m, tr___ler, dec___,
yesterd___, m___nt___n, av___lable, r___lw___.
3. Try to guess the following words which all contain -ai-.
He might serve you in a restaurant: w________
He betrays his country to the enemy: tr_______or
Another word for a traffic jam: t____back
The opposite of success: f_________
This will get bigger if you keep eating too much: w______line
These travel very, very slowly: s______s
Someone you know - but not very well: acqu_________ce
They travel the oceans: s________s