The most common way of spelling the schwa sound on the end of a word
is -er. Next most common is -or, followed by -ar.
Here are some examples:
as in computer
|or as in monitor||ar
as in calendar
1) For learners of US spellings:
You will find some more -or and -er words on page 5.
2) Words marked * are homophones; please see page 14.
|The words above all end in the same schwa sound, but with three different spellings. You cannot hear any clue to the spelling so you must use your eyes to learn which ending to use. To help you remember:|
Print this page and mark any words you are unsure of.
Group the words by their endings and think of some way to connect them. For example:
|1. Draw the large outline of a car
and write the ar words inside it.
Adding drawings where possible will help you to remember the words.
2. Make up sentences containing several words with the same endings. Your sentences do not have to be sensible! For example :
The professor, the doctor, the actor and the author
all rode on a tractor to see the governor.
3. Use the 'Look, say, cover, write, check' method. As you write, say the word in a 'spelling language' so that the schwa sound changes to the normal sound of those letters. For example:
Note: calendar is one of the words most often misspelled by adults. Don't be one of them!
|Go to the next page: Some practice in -er, -or and -ar words|