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-ain with a long /a/ sound

In these words the final syllable has a clear long /a/ sound

abstain
He chose to abstain from eating meat.
again
I have lost my door key again.
ascertain
Were you able to ascertain the identity of the culprit?
attain
I am trying to attain a qualification is customer service.
complain
I'm going to complain about the awful smell.
contain
A balanced diet should contain protein.
detain
They could detain her without trial.
disdain
He looked at his brother with disdain.
domain
My room is my domain and I go there for peace and quiet.
entertain
They hired a clown to entertain at the birthday party.
explain
Please explain why you are late.
maintain
A car will last longer if you maintain it well.
obtain
Valentine worked very hard to obtain her degree.
ordain
Do you think the Catholic church will ever ordain women?
refrain
Please refrain from talking in the silent study area.
remain
He tried to remain alert.
restrain
Please restrain your dog.
sustain
The man could not sustain working twelve hours a day.
terrain
The terrain was rocky.

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Learn about these words in Unit 31. Word endings:-ture, -tain, ine

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Other lists from Unit 31. Word endings:-ture, -tain, ine

-ture words - set 1
-ture words - set 2
-ain saying /in/
-ine saying /in/
-ine with a long /e/ sound

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