Spelling the schwa ending: er, or, ar

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Spelling English words with schwa ending Spelling English words with schwa ending Spelling English words with schwa ending
as in computer or as in monitor ar as in calendar
Adjectives:

hotter
sharper
lighter
smoother
braver
wider
tidier
nastier
heavier
...and many more

Other words:

baker
cooker
toaster
driver
dancer
rider
runner
swimmer
teacher
daughter
butcher
lawyer
writer
manager
publisher
anger
answer
deliver
differ
helicopter
...and many more

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-ctor words:

actor
doctor
collector
inspector
instructor
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-itor words:

visitor
editor
creditor
competitor
exhibitor
janitor
solicitor

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-ator words:

accelerator
alligator
applicator
calculator
commentator
creator
dictator
decorator
demonstrator
educator
elevator
indicator
operator
radiator
refrigerator
senator
spectator
ventilator
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-essor words:

aggressor
assessor
confessor
possessor
predecessor
processor
professor
successor

-rror words:

error
horror
mirror
terror
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Other words:

anchor
author
debtor
censor*
donor
emperor
mayor
sailor
sponsor
survivor
scissors
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-lar words:

burglar
cellar*
collar
dollar
caterpillar
circular
molar
polar
scholar
solar
muscular
particular
popular
rectangular
regular
spectacular
triangular
similar
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Other words:

altar*
beggar
familiar
peculiar
lunar
sonar
sugar
vicar
vinegar
vulgar
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Notes:
1) For learners of US spellings:
You will find some more -or and -er words on page 5.

2) Words marked * are homophones; please see page 14.

Learning Tip for English spelling Very often, when there is no hard and fast rule, we have to transfer spellings into our memories. You can do this in different ways so it's important to find the way that suits you:
  1. Grouping words that contain the same endings and memorising the list.
  2. Making up sentences with as many of those words in as possible.
  3. Use 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check'.
  4. Say them as they are spelt, exaggerating the vowel sound.
  5. Repeating Spellzone 'Learn the Word' and Activities.

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