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

Sometimes you need to add another letter to spell the long /ē/ sound.
For example:

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ee as in green ea as in beach e-e as in athlete y as in happy
Use ee in the middle and sometimes on the end.

Some examples:
The next most common spelling is ea.


Some examples:
A few words have e-e. Most of these have more than one syllable.

Some examples:
Use y on the end.
Note: this is not a strong /ē/ sound. It can sometimes sound like a short
/ĭ/.
beech*
speech
screech
need*
reed*
seed
weed
bleed
cheek
leek*
week*
feel
heel*
peel*
reel*
steel*
seem*
been*
screen
queen
deep
weep
cheep*
creep
sheep
beer
deer*
peer*
steer
meet*
sweet*
street
breeze
freeze
squeeze
between
thirteen
fourteen etc.
bee*
free
three
agree
coffee
degree
committee
...and many more
each
peach
reach
teach
lead
read*
leaf
leave
beak
leak*
peak*
weak*
squeak
deal
heal
real*
squeal
cream
dream
stream
team*
bean*
clean
jeans*
cheap*
ear
hear*
fear
spear
year
feat*
cheat
wheat
east
feast
least
please
tease
crease
grease
breathe
leave
pea
sea*
flea
reason
season
...and many more
here*
these
theme
gene*
breve
cede
accede
concede
precede
concrete
compete
complete
delete
obsolete
adhere
severe
sincere
interfere
persevere
Chinese
Japanese
Portuguese etc.
angry
army
baby
berry
body
carry
cherry
copy
curry
duty
empty
every
family
glory
hungry
lady
marry
memory
party
penalty
sorry
twenty
thirty etc.
very

Note:
-y on the end can also be a suffix e.g. dust + y, sleep + y.

More on this in the next Unit.
Notes:
1) Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 12.
2) Some words use ie to spell the long /ē/ sound, eg. chief, believe.
These ie words are in Unit 21.

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