Long vowel sounds: -e-

    When you hear a long -e- , particularly in the middle of
    a word, it's often spelled -ea- or -ee- , like the words here:

    cheap reason leaf loudspeaker steal meal revealed
    green freezing keep between wheel sweetness proceed

    But there's no advice I can give 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:
    breaze/breeze reach/reech betwean/between
    heating/heeting freadom/freedom breathe/breethe
    season/seeson refugea/refugee meating/meeting
    beneath/beneeth fealing/feeling indead/indeed
    succead/succeed repeat/repeet coffea/coffee

    2. Now make some more words by writing -ea- or -ee-
    in the gaps:
    gr___dy tr___tment fr___zing m___ning
    pl___sed bl___k t___th w___kend
    b___troot f___ture cr___ture str___t
    icecr___m agr___ment gr___se b___chboy

    Click here to check the answers

    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- .

    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

    *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 or a hangman puzzle

    Click here for a hangman puzzle

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