What are short E words? Like every vowel, the letter e has what are called a long sound and a short sound. The letter e is one of the most used vowels in then English language and it is helpful to know when and how to use the short e sound correctly.
There are seven common ways to spell words with the short e sound, and it can be easily be confused with short vowel words: vowel a vowel i sounds. With that being said, the majority of short e words quite simply contain just the letter e. Several of the different spelling patterns to make the short e sound only apply to a few words.
Short E Words
What are Short E Words?
Short e words are words where the e is relaxed, like “eh”, and does not sound like it’s name, “ee”. It is common to learn the short e sound first before learning the long e sound and words. It is also easier to learn the short e words that use the letter e before moving to the other spelling patterns that make the short e sound.
It is most common for short e words to be spelled with just the letter e, but sometimes words will make the short e sound without having the letter e in the word at all. Below are some examples and six of the most common different ways in which to write short e words.
Ways to Spell Short E
The short e is usually seen as the letter e and pronounced as “eh”. A few examples of this are egg, elephant, and end.
There are a few other options for spelling the short e sound in words:
- a – many
- ea – head
- ai – said
- ie – friend
- ei – heifer
- eo – leopard
When you see words with these different short e spelling patterns, it can be helpful to say them slowly and recognize when your tongue makes the short e sound “eh”. This can help you remember that although the spelling looks different, it still sounds the same and you’ll know how to correctly identify a short e word. It is also helpful to take a closer look at the short e words that don’t have the letter e in them to help remember those words for correct spelling when going to write them.
List of Short E Words
- lead (metal)
- creme fraiche
- leisure (proper English pronounces this like a short e sound, while some American English might pronounce this with a long e sound)