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In English, the long /e/ is an open stretched-out way of pronouncing vowels. Imagine saying be, tree, or sheep slowly – that's the sound. This sound is written in different ways, but when it's at the end of a word, we often use the letter y to spell it.

You might notice that sometimes this sound isn't very strong. In some cases, it might even sound like the short /i/ sound you hear in words like sit. This happens because pronunciations sometimes vary depending on accent.

If you're not sure what the long /e/ sounds like, you can click the speaker icon to listen to examples. It's important to understand how this sound works to improve your understanding of English and spelling.

angry My friend is angry with me.
army My brother joined the army this year.
baby The baby gave a loud wail.
berry The holly berry is bright red.
body The liver is the largest organ inside the body.
cherry Would you like a cherry with your ice-cream?
copy Please email me a copy of your report.
curry How much curry powder shall I use?
duty The doctor is on night duty this week.
empty I wandered through the empty streets.
every Jack goes swimming every Saturday.
family The family opened a bank account.
hungry I feel hungry at lunch time.
lady The lady wore a red hat.
marry They plan to marry in the summer.
party Will Jeff invite us to his party?
sorry I'm sorry to hear you are ill.
memory My memory for spelling is getting better.
penalty Sam always bluffs when he takes a penalty.
injury The injury left a scar.

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?

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