break

great

steak

Yea

Yeats

Eamonn

Hargreaves

Leahy

Reagan

Seamus

 

4 thoughts on “ea as in break

    1. alison Post author

      I’m not sure what else there is to learn. Some words have the sound /e/ spelt ea, because they were originally pronounced more like “ee”. This spelling also helps link them to base words, as in dream/dreamt, leap/leapt, heal/health, steal/stealth etc.

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  1. Celia Chrem

    Hi! If I may mention, the word steak can be added to this! 🙂 I am curious, would the words wear, tear, bear, and pear be considered as the long a sound as EA or is this categorized as EAR pattern?

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    1. alison Post author

      Hi Celia, steak is already on the list. In my accent (non-rhotic) and sound classification system (I count /air/ and /ear/ as separate sounds because they are diphthongs not triphthongs), ‘wear’, ‘bear’, ‘pear’, ‘tear’ (meaning ‘rip’) and ‘swear’ are the only 5 lemmas with /air/ sound represented by EAR. See https://www.spelfabet.com.au/spelling-lists/sorted-by-sound/air/ear-as-in-bear/. Hope that makes sense. Happy New Year! Alison

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