Decoding the top 100 high frequency words | John

The following are the ‘top 100 hundred high frequency words’, as listed in Letters and Sounds.

Word
sounds
spellings
Notes
the
/th/ /schwa/ or /ee/,
depending on context
[ th ] [ e ]

and
/a/ /n/ /d/
[ a ] [ n ] [ d ]

a
/a/ /ae/ or /schwa/,
depending on context
[ a ]
/ae/ is the sound you hear in ‘rain’, ‘say’ and ‘made’.
to
/t/ /oo/
[ t ] [ o ]

said
/s/ /e/ /d/
[ s ] [ ai ] [d ]
[ ai ] is a very infrequently encountered spelling of the sound /e/ in a very commonly…

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