Spelling exercises: "er" vs "re"

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Some words that are pronounced /ər/ are spelled with "re" in British English and with "er" in American English. Other words are spelled with "er" under both conventions.

/ər/[edit | edit source]

  • The following words are always spelled with "re" in British English and with "er" in American English.
centre - fibre - litre - metre (unit of length) - sepulchre - spectre (ghost) - theatre
  • Always "re"
acre - hors d'ouvre - mediocre - ogre - Spectre (James Bond film)
  • Always "er"
after - alter - brother - consider - daughter - differ - ever - father - meter (device) - never - number - offer - order - other - over - soccer - under - voter - water

/ɜː/[edit | edit source]

  • deter - prefer - refer - transfer

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