Spelling the word endings ture, ain, ine

2) Words ending in ain

The ain ending is used to spell two different sounds:

Spelling English word endings ture, ain, ine Spelling English word endings ture, ain, ine
brain mountain

In brain you can hear a clear long /ā/ sound, but in mountain the second syllable of the word is the unstressed syllable. Its vowel is a weak sound, rather like a short /ĭ/.

Some more examples:

In these words the second syllable is stressed, so you can hear a clear long /ā/ sound, as in brain. In these words the second syllable is unstressed and has a weak sound, rather like a short /ĭ/, as in mountain.
abstain
again
ascertain
attain
complain
contain
detain
disdain
domain
entertain
explain
maintain
obtain
ordain
refrain
remain
restrain
sustain
terrain
bargain
Britain
captain
certain
chaplain
chieftain
curtain
fountain
mountain
plantain
porcelain
villain

Test yourself in spelling the ain words by solving these anagrams:
Unscramble the letters in brackets to make a word ending in ain.


Unscramble the letters to find the word


Type the word

The [pacniat] remained on his wrecked ship.
I'm absolutely [taecrni] I locked my car.
There is a [outnnifa] in the market square
Please will you [liexnap] this work to me?
We're hoping to get a [garibna] in the sales.
A Briton is a person; [irniatB] is the country.
I'm going to [acionmlp] about that awful smell.
James Bond always outwits the [linvali].
Leader of a tribe: [thiefianc]
I've told you once and I'll tell you [nagia].
There are cobwebs all over the [inrauct].
This is a type of fine china: [niaceorpl]


 


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