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Not-So-Special Category: -y

This is a  bunch of words (and there are many, many more -- add them to the list and practice them when you run across them in your reading) that end in y with a long e sound.  Introduce this category early, especially for those students who need to *unlearn* the idea that you should spell the "e" sound at the end of a word with the letter "e."
You can also teach the students that -y is often added to make a word that describes a noun (adjective), turning fun to funny and milk to milky; ly is added to words that describe verbs or adjectives or other adverbs.

silly smelly fancy* snappy funky
happy lucky quickly penny candy
plenty empty sloppy floppy fifty
gypsy** baggy sticky fully spotty
shoddy skinny inky pinky crunchy
waxy misty messy fussy splashy
oddly frankly gladly quickly flatly
briskly strictly justly lastly glumly
darkly portly sorry worry hurry
flurry swiftly lady crazy slimy
puny lazy phony holy zany
tendency handily thankfully truly silently
perfectly property properly shortly delivery

*review of when c represents the /s/ sound may be in order.

**review of when g stands for the /j/ sound may be in order.


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