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AR (car) Sound Word List

By Rodney Everson • Updated Jun 6th, 2023

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The /ar/ sound has only one spelling, ar (card), in one-syllable words in this list. Although not on the list, arr (starred, charred) is a second spelling. omitted because those words were not in the database used to make the lists.

It is true that the /ar/ sound is technically two sounds, a combination of the /o/ sound in hot and the /r/ sound in run. But if every time a child sees "ar" in a word he should be saying /ar/ rather than puzzling over the sound represented by the letter "a", then it is best to teach "ar" as a digraph for an /ar/ sound. This decision is bolstered by the treatment of "ar" as a digraph in words like war. Otherwise, the letter "a" would have to represent the /oe/ sound.

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 56 of them are one-syllable words in which the vowel sound is /ar/.

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