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E (head, said) Sound Word List with “ea” and “ai” Spellings

By Rodney Everson • Updated Aug 13th, 2023

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The /e/ sound has two alternative spellings, ea, and ai, besides the usual e spelling.

Of the two alternative spellings, the "ai" spelling is only found in said among one-syllable words, so that word should just be treated as a sight word and the spelling memorized. Analogies with pay/paid and lay/laid are useful, but only to a point. The other spelling, "ea", occurs frequently enough to teach /e/ as one of the sounds of that digraph.

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 22 of them are one-syllable words in which the vowel sound /e/ is not spelled just "e".

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