"Great, date" and "weight" rhyme!

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"Great, date" and "weight": three words with wildly different spellings but the same vowel sound pronunciation! The words "date" and "weight" both follow common spelling patterns for the long a sound /eɪ/.

  • Other 'a-consonant-e' examples: same, cake, safe
  • Other 'e-i-g-h' examples: eight, weigh, sleigh

The word "great" is a non-phonetic word (it's spelling doesn't match it's pronunciation) and the long a pronunciation needs to be memorized. You can practice more long a words with audio.