Unit 25 -
Spelling the schwa ending: er, ar, or, our, re, a

Think back - help with spelling rules These letter patterns can be used to spell clear vowel sounds:

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eras in person ar as in shark or as in fork

They can also be used to spell the schwa sound at the end of a word:

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as in comput or as in monitor ar as in calendar

If you are unsure about the schwa sound, look back at Unit 24.

Teaching point There is no certain way of telling which ending to use for the schwa sound, but there are some helpful hints:

1. (A rule)
If the word is a comparative (an adjective meaning 'more'), always use -er :

big - bigger fast - faster sweet - sweeter noisy - noisier

2. (A guide, not a rule)
The -or ending often follows ct, it, at, rr, or ess :

actor visitor dictator terror successor

3. (A guide, not a rule)
The -ar ending often follows l :

collar regular particular similar

next part of the spelling course Go to the next page:
Lists of some common words ending with er ar and or.
Some learning tips on how to remember which spelling to use.
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