Unit 32: Spelling the word endings et, ot, ate or ite

This Unit deals with words ending in et, ot, ate or ite. These endings often sound the same, as the vowel can make the schwa sound, /Ə/ , so the final syllable says /Ət/. For example:

Learn word endings et ot ate ite Learn word endings et ot ate ite Learn word endings et ot ate ite
ot as in pilot ate as in chocolate ite as in favourite
(US: favorite)

If you are unsure about the schwa sound, look back at Unit 24.

This table has some examples of the final syllable /Ət/, spelled with different vowels. As you can see, the most common ending here is -ot:

at et ot ut
carat*
Fiat

diet
poet
quiet

abbot
ballot
carrot*
chariot
idiot
maggot
parrot
pilot
riot
gamut
halibut
Also the suffix let, meaning small e.g. :
booklet
piglet
wavelet
Note: words marked * are homophones. Please see page 5.

Learning Tip for English spelling 1.  Invent a 'spelling language': write the words and, as you write, say the word aloud, changing the schwa sound to the vowel you can see. For example: say carrOt

carrOt  


2. Pick a word you are sure you know e.g. pilot.
Make links between that word and the one you want to learn.
Drawing cartoons may help you remember. For example:

Learn word endings et ot ate ite A pilot with his parrot.

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