Decoding exercises: "yr"

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myrrh /mɜːr/


lyrics /lɪrɪks/

The letter combination "yr" has several different pronunciations, mainly /ɜːr/ and /ɪr/. This article sets out some words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of the differences.

  • /ɜː/: myrtle - myrrh
  • /ɪ/: lyrics - myriad - pyramid - syringe - Syria - syrup - tyranny
  • /ə/: martyr
  • /aɪ/: gyrate - thyroid - tyrant
  • Sequence /aɪə/: lyre - tyreBrE

Two different syllables[edit | edit source]

  • /iː/: copyright

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