Spelling the sound /oo/: u-e, ue, ew

This page looks at some more ways of spelling the long /ū/ sound.

Think back - help with spelling rules Remember: In Unit 7 you saw these ways of spelling the long /ū/ sound:

Learning English spelling of words with oo sound Learning English spelling of words with oo sound Learning English spelling of words with oo sound
u-e as in cube ue as in statue ew as in mew

Teaching point The same letters are also used to spell some words with the long / / sound:

Learning English spelling of words with oo sound Learning English spelling of words with oo sound Learning English spelling of words with oo sound
u-e as in ruler ue as in blue ew as in screw
rude
crude
prude
Luke
fluke
rule
June
July
prune
lute*
brute
chute*
flute
jute
delude
elude
salute
exclude
include
seclude
absolute
parachute
clue
glue
true
blew*
brew
chew
crew
drew
flew*
grew
Jew
shrew
threw*
Andrew
jewel
jewellery
NOTE: Words marked * are homophones. Please see page 11.

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Unit 13: Spelling the sound /oo/

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Long /oo/ spelled u-e
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