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Vowel Sounds
/ɛ/-/ey/

Sound-Spelling Pattern

 

  /ɛ/   /ey/
e

get bed fell

a...e

came grate brake stake

    ai

train wait vain rain

a

any many
says

a(u)

age April gauge

ai against said ay
ey

say day may slay
they obey

ea

bread thread
breakfast
30%

ea

great break steak
a few words

ie friend ei

vein rein

    eigh

neighbor eight reign
sleigh weigh weight

    aigh straight
    French
-et

beret chalet crochet