Spelling the long vowel sound /ū/: u-e, ue, ew

    /ū/ as in unicorn help spelling words with sound u

Teaching point How to spell the long /ū/sound:

1) In some words of more than one syllable you just need the letter u, for example:

cupid dual duel duty fuel future
human music student unit uniform union

(more on this in the next Unit - Syllables: Vowel and Consonant Patterns)

2) Sometimes you need to add another letter, for example:

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u-e as in cube ue as in statue ew as in 'mew'
Add e on the end. Many words use u-e to spell the long /ū/ sound.

Some examples:
On the end of some words we use ue.

Some examples:
On the end of some words we use ew.

Some examples:
cube
tube
nude
huge
Duke
mule
fume
dune
tune
use
fuse
cute
mute
cure
pure
capsule
assume
consume
costume
perfume
resume
fortune
abuse
amuse
accuse
confuse
excuse
obtuse
refuse
endure
closure
manure
mature
secure
rebuke
refuge
deluge
module
granule
acute
minute
prosecute
execute
institute
attitude

...and many more
cue*
due*
hue
sue
argue
ensue
issue
pursue
queue*
rescue
revue
subdue
tissue
value
barbecue
dew*
few
new*
knew*
pew
stew
nephew

Rule breakers break spelling rules

ewe* (sheep)
Notes:
1) Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 26.
2) In some words u-e, ue and ew make the sound /oo/ as in boot.
These words are in Unit 13.

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