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ai versus ay

'ai' is used when the sound in embedded in the word, whereas 'ay' is used if the sound is at the end of the word. Be careful of words with tails... suffixes!

always
We always do our homework in the evening. *
dismay
Lily's shriek of dismay caused Ruby to turn around. *
display
There was a display of books in the window.
decay
Brush your teeth every day to prevent decay.
essay
Have you finished your essay yet?
portray
Does this picture portray a good likeness?
relay
They set a new record for the 400m relay race.
Saturday
Jack goes to the pub every Saturday.
Wednesday
He will be 16 years old on Wednesday. *
spray
Antibacterial spray helps to kill germs. *
again
I have lost my door key again.
afraid
My son is afraid of the dark.
entail
What will the job entail?
explain
Please explain why you are late.
detail
The wedding was planned down to the last detail.
delayed
The plane was delayed by fog.
complaining
The child was complaining to his mother. *
container
Please put your left over pasta in the plastic container. *
betrayed
Adeline felt betrayed when her brothers played the horrible prank with the orange juice. *
obtain
It is hard to obtain a good result if you have not studied. *

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