What Is a Long Vowel?

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A long vowel is a vowel or combination of letters that sound like the name of the vowel. Listen to examples of words with long vowel sounds with information from a writer and English tutor in this free video on grammar and punctuation.

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Hi. I'm here to explain what a long vowel is. A long vowel is the sound that a vowel makes, that sounds like its name. So, a,e,i,o, and u. And there's some different combinations of some other vowels. Sometimes y can make some of these sounds. But here's some examples of each of five the long vowel sounds. For a, some of the examples are, pay, saline, ache, and weigh. In weigh, you can see the ei, makes the a sound when you put those two letters together. For e, some of the examples are, flee, peace, piano, and party. And here, i and y can make that long e sound. Long i, sounds like tribe, pliers, sigh, or fly. And y can make that sound as well. For o, some of the sounds are, flow, noble, buffalo, and window. And for long u, some examples are, fruit, you, loom, and costume.

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