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Special Category: "ea" as short e

The short e sound spelled "ea" shows up in many frequently used words. Often these are forms of a verb which still keeps the long e.

You will want to choose words from this list to read and spell; some of these words include "special category" syllables such as -ous; others (such as sergeant and ocean) have even more unusual patterns.

EA Words  (that sound like the ea in bread)
abreast ahead already head
bedspread bedstead behead bread
breakfast breast copperhead dead
deadly deadlock deadpan deaf
displeasure dread dreadful endeavor
feather head heaven instead
jealous leather meadow measure
ocean pageant realm sergeant
steadfast stead steady spread
sweat sweater treasure treasury
thread threat treacherous treachery
tread treadle weapon weather
wealth weather lead (the metal)
short e word long e related word  
health heal  
healthy heal  
breath breathe  
stealth steal  
commonwealth commonweal  
cleanliness clean  
cleanser clean
dreamt dream  
heavy heave  
read read  
leapt leap  
meant mean  
pleasure please  
pleasant please   \
stealth steal   \
zealot zeal  
zealous zeal


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