AE (Mae) Sound Word List
The /ae/ sound has eight spellings, ay (day), ai (aim), a-e (lake), ea (steak), eigh (weigh), ey (they), a (change), and ei (vein). The most common spelling, a-e, is a split-vowel spelling where the ending consonant sound is inserted at the dash mark.
The "ay" and "ey" spellings are only seen as endings in the one-syllable words in the database. This list is useful for locating simple words that have a common spelling of the /ae/ sound, such as the "eigh" in eight, sleigh, and weight, because the list is organized by the vowel spellings.
Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 254 of them are one-syllable words in which the vowel sound is /ae/.