Unit 12: Spelling the sound /air/: air, are or ear?

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Teaching point There are 3 main ways of spelling this vowel sound. There are no rules to help you decide which spelling to use but, as you can see below, the most common is are.

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air as in hair are as in square ear as in bear

Read the words below. The lists contain many homophones, marked *,
for example:

pair - two

pare - to peel

pear - the fruit
A pair of shoes.

Pare the apple

A pear tree

All the homophones below are covered in detail on the next page.

air are ear
air
fair *
lair
pair *
chair
flair *
stair *
hair*
bare *
dare
hare *
pare *
rare
flare *
scare
snare
stare *
care
fare *
mare
ware *
blare
glare
share
spare
bear *
pear *
swear
tear
wear *

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