Ee

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ɪə

beer /bɪər/

deep /diːp/

The sequence "ee" very reliably represents IPA phoneme /iː/. The sequence "eer" very reliably represents /ɪər/. Together with the article on decoding difficulties, this page sets out some common (or not...) words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of how they can sound out more correctly the different sounds corresponding to words containing "ee".

/iː/[edit | edit source]

  • agree - bee - beet - between - cheese - deed - deep - degree - employee - fee - feed - feel - feet - free - freedom - green - indeed - keep - leek - meet - need - peel - proceed - screen - see - seek - seem - sleep - speech - speed - street - sweet - teen - three - tree - week - wheel
bungee - coffee - committee - Yankee
  • Homophones: beet - beat - meet - meat; peek - peak; see - sea; steel - steal; week - weak;

/ɪə/[edit | edit source]

  • beer - career - deer - engineer - peer - volunteer
  • Homophones: deer - dear

Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • As /iː/ or /ɪ/: been

Two syllables[edit | edit source]

  • /ɪɪ/: reelect or re-elect
  • /iːe/: preemptive or pre-emptive

Other[edit | edit source]

  • /eɪ/: fiancee or fiancée

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