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In English spelling, the letter combination ai often represents the long /a/ sound. This is a common spelling pattern found in words such as rain, train, or paint. It is different from the short /a/ sound found in words like cat or hat.

Words that might look similar sound totally different depending on whether they have a short /a/ sound or a long /a/ sound, for example am and aim or clam and claim.

As there are six different ways of spelling the long /a/ sound, it is important to learn to identify and remember words that use the ai spelling. Have a go at the spelling activities and games – you’ll be confident in no time!

aid The vet came to the dog's aid just in time.
aim Tom's aim is to score 10 goals this season.
paid He paid the fare for the train journey.
fail You never fail to amaze me!
mail The postman delivered the mail.
sail What time does the ferry set sail?
tail Dad tripped over the dog's tail.
snail The snail left a trail on the path.
claim Call this number to claim your prize.
main We don't want to live near the main road.
pain I have a slight pain in my neck.
chain There was a broken link in the chain.
plain The chocolate cake is nicer than the plain cake.
stain His blood made a dark red stain on the carpet.
strain I have been under a lot of strain.
wait How much longer do we have to wait?
gait The sports therapist studied my gait.
paint I like to use different colours when I paint.
faint His voice was very faint.
waist My skirt is tight around my waist.

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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aid
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aid
aim
paid
fail
mail
sail
tail
snail
claim
main
pain
chain
plain
stain
strain
wait
gait
paint
faint
waist

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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 1
a-e words - set 2
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
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