Decoding exercises: "ey"

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they /ðeɪ/

key /kiː/

The letter combination "ey" has several different pronunciations. This article sets out some common words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of the differences.

  • As /eɪ/: convey - grey BrE - greyhound - obey - survey - they
  • As /iː/ or /ɪ/: chimney - donkey - Geoffrey - hockey - honey - Jeffrey - journey - money - Shirley, storeyBrE - turkey - valley - volleyball
  • As /iː/: geyserBrE - key - keyboard
  • As /aɪ/: eye - geyserAmE
  • As /eə/: they're

As two separate sounds:

  • /ɪj/: beyond

Silent e:

  • graveyard - vineyard

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