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Study the word list: a-e words - set 1

A digraph is a combination of two letters that come together to represent a single sound. The a-e combination is known as a split digraph because the two letters are not next to each other in the word.

In the case of these words, the a-e indicates the long /a/ sound. This sound is different from the short /a/ sound we find in words like cat or hat. Whenever you see the a-e duo in a word, think of it as a clue to the word’s pronunciation. When you add the e to the end of the word, it makes the a say its name. You can click on the speak icons to hear the long /a/ sound in each of these words.

Watch out! There are six other ways to spell the long /a/ sound so use the spelling activities to get to grips with the a-e spelling pattern.

grade He wanted to get good grades in school.
trade I'll trade you my cards for yours.
bake Which cakes shall we bake today?
brake The car had to brake hard.
shake The earthquake made the ground shake.
game Some of the team were late for the game.
flame The flame flickered.
frame The picture frame is made of silver.
grape Would you like a grape?
chase I had to chase my dog through the field.
plate I accidentally dropped the plate.
skate My brother can skate.
paste We mashed the garlic into a paste.
taste Lemons have a sour taste.
waste This was a complete waste of time.
brave His brave actions put his life in jeopardy.
shave My brother wants to shave all his hair off.
blaze The firefighters quickly put out the blaze.
graze My horse likes to graze in the grassy field.

Learn more about these words in Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?

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Other lists from Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?

a-e words - set 2
ai words - set 1
ai words - set 2
ay words - set 1
ay words - set 2
ey words This list contains British English spellings
ei words This list contains American English spellings
e words
be words
de words

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