There is only 6 words ?
Only five base words, really: bear, pear, swear, tear, wear, and then words built from them like bearable and menswear and pearshaped.
I bet I can think of more words than just six.
Yes, there are a lot more but as far as I know they are all derived from these words e.g. pearshaped, bearable, unbearable, swearing, wearing, tearing, underwear.
normally Spelfabet has so many words that I haven’t thought of and I don’t even know. There are barely any words and they’re so simple surely there are more.
There are a lot more words with the SPELLING “ear” but not ones that sound like “air”. There are four ways to pronounce “ear”: as in hear, learn, bear and heart. This is the second-least common (heart and hearth are the least common).
Ummmmmmmmm this is not what I expected you’d think a professional website (dictionary) could think up more words than just 6. Build of these words people! ING ED ABLE UN add these on it’ll help trust me!
There really are only five base words with this phoneme-grapheme correspondence. I’m thinking about how to provide wordlists that account for morphology but I’m not keen to clutter up the wordlists with every possible affixed form. If you want word families, you can use a site like morewords, just google “morewords contains bear” and all the words which contain this letter sequence will come up.
No challenging words really!?!?!?!?!
This is a low-frequency phoneme-grapheme correspondence, there are some compounds and affixed versions of these words, though, such as unbearable and pearshaped. If you go to morewords and search for the base words you should get a list of all the other words with the same letter sequence, though they don’t control for phoneme-grapheme correspondence.
Thank you! Interesting that there are so few ‘ear as in bear’ base words. I hadn’t realised!
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