Spelling the short vowel sound /ĕ/ : e or ea

Complete these well-known sayings. Choose from e or ea.

Remember: the most common way to spell the /ĕ/ sound is to use just the letter e.
Only use ea for the words listed under 'ea as in bread' on the last page.

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

As light as a f__ther.
Shaking like a j__lly.
As h__vy as lead.
Better late then n__ver.
As st__dy as a rock.
Turn a d__f ear.
As d__d as a Dodo.
The l__tter of the law.
R__dy, steady, go.
A br__th of fresh air.
Made to m__sure.
Keep a l__vel head.


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