How to Spell Words with Double Vowels? Learning Concepts
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Concept: Spell Words with Double Vowels

Definition

  • When a word has two vowels in the spelling that is one after another, it is known as double vowels.
  • In such cases, you can only hear the pronunciation of the first vowel.

Let’s take a look at what vowels are.

Vowels

  • Out of the 26 alphabets in English language, five of them which includes A, E, I, O, U, are known as vowels.
  • The vowel sounds are different to consonants sounds.

Example of Words with double vowels:

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b)

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  • In the word ‘Goat’, there are two vowels together ‘oa’. However, the there is a single sound for both the vowels.
  • In the other word, ‘Peach’ there are two vowels together ‘ea’ and these letters make one sound.

Let’s take a look at some of the words that has double vowels.

Vowels Words
‘ea’ Meal
‘ee’ Seed
‘ee’ Feet
‘ea’ Each
‘ea’ Clean
‘ai’ Rain

Rules

  1. Double vowels with ‘oa’: When two vowels are next to each other, the first vowel usually has a longer sound and the second vowel is silent.
  2. Example:

    In the word ‘road’, ‘oa’ are two vowels. However, the pronunciation is of ‘a’ is silent and the pronunciation of ‘o’ can be heard.

  3. Double vowels with ‘ie’: The letters ‘ie’ used in the word usually have the letter ‘i’ pronunciation stressed more than the letter ‘e’.
  4. Example:

    In the word ‘pie’, the letters ‘ie’ are two vowels. However, the pronunciation is of ‘i’ and ‘e’ is silent.

    a)

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    b)

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Exceptions

In words that have two ‘o’ together (oo), you don’t make a long sound.

Example:

a)

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b)

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In the above, two words, ‘book’ and ‘wool’, there are two ‘o’ which is a vowel, but the pronunciation of two ‘o’ is short.

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