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

Think back - help with spelling rules In Unit 24, we learned about the schwa sound.

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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er as in computer or as in monitor ar as in calendar

Teaching point There is no one way to be certain about which spelling to use for the schwa sound, but here are some tips:

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:
The -or ending often follows ct, it, at, rr, or ess :

actor visitor dictator terror successor

3. A guide:
The -ar ending often follows l:

collar regular particular similar

4. A guide:
er is most common way of spelling schwa, then -or, then -ar.

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