Usually an e at the end of a one syllable word means...

Usually an e at the end of a one syllable word in the form C-V-C-e means the first vowel will have a long sound.

Why is that not true of some words that end with "ome"?

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Jan 21, 2011
"Mute" -E- rule
by: Anonymous

Once I've come across a rule about the so-called "mute" -E- at the end of short words (with C-V-C-e structure), which says that this "mute" -E- makes the vowel sound as it sounds in the alphabet.
E.g. mute, nude, hope, note, pale, site, file, etc., but there are exceptions - come, give, city.

Nov 06, 2010
e at the end of words
by: Anonymous

Good question. Words like "some" or "come" are exceptions to the rule that you mention. There really is no reason why. Sometimes English pronunciation is quite random and you should memorize the sound of the word like it's a character, not a phonetically based word.

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