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The l sound after a vowel

When the l sound makes an extra syllable after a vowel, it is spelled al or el.

denial
She was in denial about losing her job.
dial
She had to dial the correct telephone number.
jovial
He was in a jovial mood.
material
Rubber is a flexible material.
trial
The police managed to collate the evidence in time for the trial.
actual
The actual results were unknown.
factual
I prefer factual books to fiction.
gradual
There was a gradual increase in the average grades of the class.
manual
I followed the instructions in the manual.
ritual
My morning ritual involves lots of coffee.
usual
It is usual for dessert to be eaten after the main course.
virtual
He plays lots of virtual games .
visual
She was an expert in the field of visual arts.
loyal
David has been a loyal friend for many years.
royal
The royal family lives in that palace.
fuel
This truck's engine runs on diesel fuel.

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Learn about these words in Unit 26. Word endings: -le, and exceptions e.g. al, el, ol

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