Learn to spell while having fun. This ultimate guide of words with EI in them can be used for classroom games, flashcards, posters, poetry and journaling. Get ready to make spelling fun.
The words that include EI may contain digraphs, trigraphs and graphemes with 4 letters. Some of them are rimes that rhyme and some of the rimes don’t rhyme. Before we move on to the EI word lists, let’s explain some of these terms.
What is a grapheme
A grapheme is the letter or letters used to represent the phoneme in writing. Phoneme is the smallest sound you hear in a word. The graphemes e, ea and ai represent the same middle phoneme in red /r/-/e/-/d/, head /h/-/ea/-/d/ and said /s/-/ai/-/d/.
Phonemes that are represented by different graphemes can make learning to read or spell very difficult for some people. This is because spelling rules don’t apply to words that contain graphemes with more than one letter.
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What is a digraph
A digraph is a grapheme made by two letters that represent one sound. Some are:
- ai in wait
- ay in day
- ea in meal
- ee in feet
- ei in vein
- ey in monkey
- ew in stew
- ie in field
- oa in boat
- oo in took
- ou in bought
- ow in tow
- ch in chat
- gh in ghost
- sh in ship
- ss in passion
- th in that
- wh in what
- wr in write
What is a trigraph
A trigraph is a grapheme made by three letters that represent one sound. Some of these are
- air in hair
- are in share
- ear in bear
- eir in their
- eig in reign
- dge in fudge
- ght in bought
- oar in roar
- oor in door
- igh in sigh
- ure in cure
- tch in catch
- gue in vague
What is a grapheme with 4 letters
A grapheme with 4 letters represents one sound in a word. It does not have an official name but it is referred to as a ‘quadgraph’ by many teachers. Some of these are augh, eigh, ough, ngue and heir.
- augh in caught, naught daughter
- eigh in eight, weigh, height
- ough in through, although, though
- ngue in tongue, cangue, gangue
- heir in heirdom, heirloom
What is rime
In cat, the onset is c. In drain, the onset is dr. In through, the onset is thr. In a word with 3 syllables like catalogue, the onsets are c, t and l.
In cat, the rime is at. In drain, the rime is ain. In through, the rime is ough. In catalogue, the rimes are at, al and ogue.
What is rhyme
Rhyme is the close similarity in the final sounds of two or more words. In poems, rhyme is commonly used at the end of the lines.
Words that rhyme with cat are fat, hat, sat and mat which all have the same rime – at. However, red, head and said also rhyme but don’t have the same rime – ed, ead and aid.
EI in the word
The 8 word lists below contain words with EI in them. When EI comes before any letter except R and has one sound, it is a digraph. Therefore, EIR is a trigraph because it has one sound. Also, HEIR and EIGH are 4-letter graphemes as they have one sound.
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veil, unveil, ceiling, rottweiler
rein, reindeer, vein, caffeine, being, protein
heir, their, weird, weirdo
feist, feisty, heist, leisure
albeit, either, neither, conceit, deceit, receipt
eight, eighteen, eighty, weigh, weight, overweight, neigh, neighbour, height, freight, sleigh
reign, foreign, feign, sovereign
conceive, receive, deceive, perceive
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