Words ending in ine

The ine ending creates three different sounds:

Spelling English word endings ture, ain, ine Spelling English word endings ture, ain, ine Spelling English word endings ture, ain, ine
wine engine magazine

In wine, the split digraph i-e means that the i says its name.

In engine, it creates a weak vowel sound in the second syllable, like a short /i/.

In magazine, it creates a long /e/ sound in the final syllable.

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In these words the e on the end makes i say its long /ī/ sound, as in wine. In these words the last syllable is unstressed and has a weak sound, rather like a short /ĭ/, as in engine. In these words the last syllable has a long sound /ē/ sound, as in magazine.
dine
fine
line
mine
nine
pine
shine
spine
shrine
vine
canine
divine
feline
refine
determine
discipline
examine
famine
feminine
genuine
imagine
heroine
masculine
medicine
chlorine
gasoline
guillotine
machine
margarine
marine
submarine
nicotine
quarantine
ravine
routine
sardine
tambourine
tangerine
trampoline
vaccine
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The climber fell into a steep-sided ______.
This washing ______ is the latest model.
A small orange-coloured fruit: ______
She asked the doctor to ______ her ears.
The opposite of masculine: _______
French criminals were sent to the _______.
Are these ______ diamonds or fakes?
Underwater naval vessel: ______
The dancing troupe will practice their _______.
Animals from abroad must go into ________.
To feel better, take this ______ every day.
The amount of sales will ______ the profits.


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