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Pronouncing the various sounds of the letter E

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There are three common sounds using the letter E.  The ee sound is used with the front part of the mouth, the eh sound is used with the middle portion of the mouth, and the er sound is used with the rear portion of the mouth.

Here are some words that come from the front of the mouth using the sound ee.

Meat
Week
Beat

"I like my meat fully cooked"
"What day of the week is it"
"If you beat me tonight, I'll buy you dinner"

An example of sounds coming from the middle portion of the mouth is seen through eh.

Bet
Bread
Fed

"I will bet you that I will not lose tonight"
"We need to go to the grocery store to buy some bread"
"I am so fed up with him"

For sounds that come from the back part of the mouth, we can look at the sound er.

Earth
Purr
After

"The earth moves at a constant speed"
"The purr of the cat was all anyone could hear"
"I will go home after dinner"

Like most vowels, the sound of E varies according to which consonant is next to it.  The R sound uses the middle to back portion of the mouth so combining the letter E with R makes it so you use the back portion of the mouth.

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