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Magic E Words

Magic-E
Magic E Rule: The magic E rule states when the letter “e” sits at the end of the word, it is usually silent and the “magical” E tells the first vowel or the preceding vowel to say its name or long sound. The magic e vowels are as follows: a_e, i_e, o_e and u_e. The magic e is commonly referred to as the final or silent e.

Long A (a_e)
Long I (i_e) Long O (o_e) Long U (u_e)

Magic E Words: Long A

Long-A-Magic-E The table below was compiled using the following word families: -ace, -ade, -age, -ake, -ale, -ame, -ane, -ape, -ase, -aste, -ate, -ave and -aze. It contains 138 long A words with a magic e.

Long A Words
Word Family
ace-ace
face-ace
lace-ace
mace-ace
pace-ace
race-ace
brace-ace
grace-ace
place-ace
space-ace
trace-ace
bade-ade
fade-ade
jade-ade
made-ade
wade-ade
blade-ade
glade-ade
grade-ade
shade-ade
spade-ade
trade-ade
age-age
cage-age
gage-age
page-age
rage-age
sage-age
wage-age
stage-age
bake-ake
cake-ake
fake-ake
Jake-ake
lake-ake
make-ake
quake-ake
rake-ake
take-ake
wake-ake
brake-ake
drake-ake
flake-ake
shake-ake
snake-ake
stake-ake
ale-ale
bale-ale
dale-ale
gale-ale
hale-ale
male-ale
pale-ale
sale-ale
tale-ale
scale-ale
shale-ale
stale-ale
whale-ale
came-ame
dame-ame
fame-ame
game-ame
lame-ame
name-ame
same-ame
tame-ame
blame-ame
flame-ame
frame-ame
shame-ame
bane-ane
cane-ane
Jane-ane
lane-ane
mane-ane
pane-ane
sane-ane
vane-ane
wane-ane
crane-ane
plane-ane
ape-ape
cape-ape
gape-ape
nape-ape
tape-ape
drape-ape
grape-ape
scrape-ape
shape-ape
base-ase
case-ase
vase-ase
chase-ase
baste-aste
haste-aste
paste-aste
taste-aste
waste-aste
chaste-aste
ate-ate
date-ate
fate-ate
gate-ate
hate-ate
Kate-ate
late-ate
mate-ate
rate-ate
crate-ate
grate-ate
plate-ate
skate-ate
state-ate
cave-ave
Dave-ave
gave-ave
pave-ave
rave-ave
save-ave
wave-ave
brave-ave
crave-ave
grave-ave
shave-ave
slave-ave
stave-ave
daze-aze
faze-aze
gaze-aze
haze-aze
maze-aze
raze-aze
blaze-aze
craze-aze
glaze-aze
graze-aze

Exceptions to Magic E Words – Long A

Unfortunately, there are exceptions to the magic E long a sound. We like to refer to these words as odd balls. The following words make the /air/ sound instead of long a sound:

bare care dare
fare hare mare
pare rare ware
blare flare glare
scare share snare
spare square stare

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Magic E Words: Long I

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -ibe, -ice, -ide, -ife, -ike, -ile, -ime, -ine, -ipe, -ire, -ise, -ite and -ive. It contains 110 long I words with a magic e.

Long I Words
Word Family
jibe-ibe
bribe-ibe
scribe-ibe
tribe-ibe
dice-ice
lice-ice
mice-ice
nice-ice
rice-ice
vice-ice
price-ice
slice-ice
splice-ice
thrice-ice
twice-ice
bide-ide
hide-ide
ride-ide
side-ide
tide-ide
wide-ide
bride-ide
chide-ide
glide-ide
pride-ide
snide-ide
stride-ide
fife-ife
knife-ife
life-ife
rife-ife
wife-ife
strife-ife
bike-ike
dike-ike
hike-ike
like-ike
Mike-ike
pike-ike
spike-ike
strike-ike
bile-ile
file-ile
mile-ile
Nile-ile
pile-ile
tile-ile
vile-ile
smile-ile
stile-ile
while-ile
dime-ime
lime-ime
mime-ime
time-ime
chime-ime
clime-ime
crime-ime
grime-ime
prime-ime
slime-ime
dine-ine
fine-ine
line-ine
mine-ine
nine-ine
pine-ine
tine-ine
vine-ine
wine-ine
brine-ine
shine-ine
shrine-ine
spine-ine
swine-ine
whine-ine
pipe-ipe
ripe-ipe
wipe-ipe
gripe-ipe
snipe-ipe
stripe-ipe
swipe-ipe
tripe-ipe
fire-ire
hire-ire
tire-ire
wire-ire
spire-ire
guise-ise
rise-ise
wise-ise
bite-ite
kite-ite
mite-ite
quite-ite
rite-ite
site-ite
white-ite
write-ite
sprite-ite
dive-ive
five-ive
hive-ive
jive-ive
live-ive
chive-ive
drive-ive
strive-ive
thrive-ive

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Magic E Words: Long O

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -obe, -ode, -oke, -ole, -ome, -one, -ope, -ose and -ote. It contains 72 long O words with a magic e.

Long O Words
Word Family
lobe-obe
robe-obe
globe-obe
probe-obe
code-ode
lode-ode
mode-ode
node-ode
rode-ode
strode-ode
coke-oke
joke-oke
poke-oke
woke-oke
yoke-oke
broke-oke
choke-oke
smoke-oke
spoke-oke
stoke-oke
stroke-oke
dole-ole
hole-ole
mole-ole
pole-ole
role-ole
stole-ole
whole-ole
dome-ome
home-ome
Nome-ome
Rome-ome
tome-ome
gnome-ome
chrome-ome
bone-one
cone-one
hone-one
lone-one
tone-one
zone-one
clone-one
crone-one
drone-one
phone-one
prone-one
shone-one
stone-one
cope-ope
dope-ope
hope-ope
lope-ope
mope-ope
nope-ope
Pope-ope
rope-ope
grope-ope
scope-ope
slope-ope
hose-ose
nose-ose
pose-ose
rose-ose
chose-ose
close-ose
prose-ose
those-ose
note-ote
quote-ote
rote-ote
vote-ote
wrote-ote

Exceptions to Magic E Words – Long O

Unfortunately, there are several exceptions to the magic E long o sound. We like to refer to these words as odd balls. The following words make the short u sound instead of long o sound:

some* come* dove
love glove shove

*These words are sight words. Both of my children were exposed to these words in either kindergarten or first grade.

The following odd balls make the /or/ sound instead of long o:

bore core fore
gore more pore
sore tore wore
chore score shore
snore spore store
swore

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Magic E Words: Long U

The table below was compiled using the following word families: -ule, -une, -ure, -use and -ute. It contains 21 long U words with a magic e.

Long U Words
Word Family
mule-ule
pule-ule
rule-ule
yule-ule
June-une
tune-une
prune-une
cure-ure
lure-ure
pure-ure
sure-ure
fuse-use
muse-use
ruse-use
cute-ute
jute-ute
lute-ute
mute-ute
brute-ute
chute-ute
flute-ute

Exceptions to Magic E Words – Long U

Unfortunately, there are several exceptions to the magic E long u sound. We like to refer to these words as odd balls. The following words make the long oo sound instead of long u sound:

cube rube tube
dude nude rude
crude prude duke
nuke puke fluke
fume flume plume
spume

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Source: Fry, E.B., Ph.D. & Kress, J.E., Ed.D. (2006). The Reading
Teacher’s Book of Lists 5th Edition.
San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass

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  • Very useful, thanks.

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