Spelling the long vowel sound /ē/: ee, ea , e-e, y

Rule Breakers - these words break spelling rules

-y is the most common way to spell the long /ē/ sound on the end of a word, but there are some words which need ey:
key
money
honey
parsley
donkey
monkey
turkey
kidney
hockey
jockey
journey
chimney
alley
valley
pulley
trolley
Learn any words you are unsure of by writing them in a sentence.

Some words from French use i to spell the long /ē/ sound:
antique The old house is full of antiques.
oblique A sound is shown between two oblique lines : /ē/
technique We all admired the wood-carver's technique.
unique Unique means the only one of its kind.
boutique I bought this dress at the new boutique.
clique A clique is a small closed group of people .
physique A mountain climber needs a strong physique.
suite A suite is a set e.g. of rooms or furniture.

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