|Some words ending in -ate or -ite are easy to spell, as you can hear the vowel sound quite clearly:|
|date||translate||concentrate||(long /ā/ sound)|
|write||invite||satellite||(long /ī/ sound)|
However, in many words, the -ate or -ite ending has the weak schwa sound. Both these endings sound the same:
|chocolate||favourite (US: favorite)|
When the sound is not clear, there is no rule to help you choose between -ate or -ite. The most common ending is -ate , but there are a few -ite words which you will need.
|Learn all the -ite words in the list below.
Then use -ate for any others.
To learn each -ite word:
Make a link between that word and another containing i or ite.
This is definitely the best site to fly a kite
Ingrid's favourite Italian ice-cream.
|ate as in chocolate||ite as in favourite
Several words ending in -ate can be pronounced in two ways, depending on whether it is a noun, an adjective or a verb. If you are unsure about nouns, adjectives and verbs, click here for help.
|Nouns or adjectives,
with the schwa sound: /Ə/
|Verbs, with the long /ā/ sound.|
|They sleep in separate beds.||Can you separate those fighting dogs?|
|Please give me an estimate
for the work.
|I estimate we'll land in forty minutes.|
|I need a duplicate
|I'll duplicate it for you.|
|This job is only open to graduates.||She will graduate next year.|
|Many delegates attended the conference.||I delegate the responsibility to you.|
|Take a test in the -ite words|