The letter c is used to spell two sounds:
1. the hard sound /k/ as in cap and cottage
2. the 'soft' sound /s/ as in city and face
This unit covers the 'soft' sound of c.
|as in city||as in face|
|The sound /s/ can be spelled with either s or c.|
If the next letter is a consonant, we must use s:
If the next letter is the vowel a, o or u, we must
If the next letter is the vowel e, i or y, it could be s or c:
There is no clear rule to help you decide whether to use s or
c; you have to learn by looking. This unit will teach the most
common ce, ci and cy words.
First, -ce on the end of words. There are three lists below:
1. Words with a vowel before -ce
2. Words with the common endings -nce and -rce.
3. Words with the sound /iss/. This is spelled iss in bliss, hiss, miss, kiss but in longer words the most common spelling is ice.
|ce as in face||nce as in dance||ice as in notice|
Please see page 13
Words ending in -rce
|Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 12|
|Go to next page: some practice in these -ce words|