Words of more than one syllable often have a weak, unclear vowel sound in any syllable which is not stressed. This weak vowel is called the schwa sound. To review this, look back at Unit 24.
|When the schwa sound comes before l, it makes this sound:|
|If the ending is a suffix, the spelling is al. For example:|
When the ending is not a suffix, the most common way of spelling the /Əl/ sound is le but some words use al or el. Some examples:
|le as in eagle||al as in oval||el as in camel|
|Note: Only a few words use ol or il to spell the /l/ sound at the end of a word. These are listed on pages 5 and 6.|
|Go to the next page: When to use the le ending.|
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