1. -e- (CVC)

a. bed /bɛd/

b. send /sɛnd/

c. yes /yɛs/

 The letters 'ea' and the consonant-vowel-consonant patterns are common short e spellings.

2. ea*

a. head /hɛd/

 

b. bread /brɛd/

 

c. heaven /hɛvən/

 

*The 'ea' spelling is more commonly pronounced 'long e' /i/ (as in 'team').


Short e non-phonetic words

Non-phonetic words are not pronounced according to their spelling. Their pronunciations should be memorized.

1. said /sɛd/

 

2. says /sɛz/

 

3. friend  /frɛnd/

 

4. guest  /gɛst/

 

5. again  /ə ˈgɛn/