baste

caste

chaste

Groote

haste

pointe

route

taste

torte

Waite

waste

artiste

Bonaparte

debutante

Descartes

détente

enceinte

entente

modiste

poste restante

Trieste

volte-face

 

6 thoughts on “te as in route

  1. Adrian

    Alison, why are words like taste, haste and waste included here? I would have thought (humble primary teacher thoughts) that the ‘e’ at the end was to make the long ‘ay’ vowel sound – a bossy e or magic e as some say.

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    1. Jac

      A vowel digraph is split by a consonant to form a split digraph but I believe it can only be one consonant sound, not 2.

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      1. alison Post author

        I’m now avoiding talking about ‘split digraphs’ as there are so many consonant-e word final spellings (as in voice, house, please, leave, large, breeze) that we may as well just have a few more, and treat the e as part of the consonant spelling which follows a ‘long’ vowel, but loses its e when a vowel suffix is added to it. That works for words like ‘taste’ and ‘waste’ as well as for words with single vowel letters and vowel digraphs.

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