Spelling the long vowel sound /ā/: a-e, ai, ei, ay

Please note:
All the common words with the ay and ei spellings are in the lists on page 2. However, there are too many a-e and ai words for us to list them all. If you are unsure which spelling to choose, look in a dictionary and then add that word to your own spelling log.

Choose the correct spelling from

a-e ai ei ay

If the spelling is a-e you will also need a consonant e.g. game

Work out which letters are missing then type the whole word.

Wine is made from gr___s.
Put the glasses on the tr___.
Call this number to cl___m your prize.
Half of sixteen is ___ght.
The fl___s of the fire kept us warm.
Str___ cats are often very thin.
The prisoner was tied in ch___ns.
He tried to esc___ from the cell.
Please expl___n why you are late.
Can you transl___this from French?
She hesit___d before crossing the road.
There was a displ___ of books in the window.


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Rule-breakers for long /ā/ words
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Unit 7: Spelling the long vowel sounds

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a-e words - set 1
a-e words - set 2
ai words - set 1
ai words - set 2
ay words - set 1
ay words - set 2
American English spelling ay words - set 1
British English spelling ey and ei words
American English spelling ey and ei words

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