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Unit 6, Part 1: Spelling the short vowel sounds

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Unit 6: Short vowels, Part 1: a, e and i

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Homophones for the short vowel sound /ă/

homophones - learn to spell similar sounding words

Homophones from this section.

If you confuse these words the computer spellchecker will not spot your mistake -
so it is especially important to learn them.


band -
1) group of musicians
2) strip of material to go round

banned - past tense of ban

1) The band played the latest hits.
2) Her ring was a band of gold.

She has been banned from driving.

tax - payment

tacks - small nails
There is a tax on petrol (US: gas).

Use tacks to fix the picture frame.

rap -
1) small knock
2) kind of rock music

wrap - cover all round
See Unit 24 for more on silent letters.

1) There was a rap on the door.
2) The rap singer sold a million CDs.

Wrap the gift in gold paper.

manner - way, behaviour (US: behavior)

manor - large country house
He had a very polite manner.


The manor is now open to the public.

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