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

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Unit 12: Spelling choices for /air/ sound: air, are or ear

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

Some of the longer words with these spelling patterns are listed here.

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air as in hair are as in square ear as in bear
affair
despair
impair
repair
disrepair
debonair
eclair
mohair
aware
beware
compare
declare
fanfare
nightmare
prepare
warfare
welfare
The words here are all derived from the words in the basic list:

1. plus a prefix or a suffix:

bearable
unbearable
forbear
forswear
The following are all compound words, using the root word 'wares' meaning article of a certain type, usually for sale:

chinaware
glassware
ovenware
hardware
software
silverware etc

2. plus another word to give a compound word:

footwear
underwear
menswear etc.
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