Spelling the schwa ending: er, ar, or, our, re, a

Teaching point The word endings  ery  ary  ory  also have the schwa sound, so it is hard to tell from the sound which ending you need.

Use the learning tips on page 2 to help you remember these examples:

Spelling English words with schwa ending Spelling English words with schwa ending Spelling English words with schwa ending
ery as in stationery ary as in military ory as in factory
archery
artery
battery
celery
cemetery
crockery
cutlery
every
finery
forgery
gallery
imagery
jewellery
(US jewelry)
lottery
machinery
mastery
misery
monastery
mystery
nursery
refinery
scenery
slavery
surgery
treachery
trickery
anniversary
auxiliary
boundary
centenary
commentary
complementary*
complimentary*
contemporary
dictionary
estuary
extraordinary
February
hereditary
imaginary
library
necessary
primary
ordinary
salary
sanctuary
secondary
secretary
stationary*
summary
temporary
voluntary
accessory
advisory
category
compulsory
conservatory
cursory
directory
explanatory
history
inflammatory
introductory
ivory
laboratory
lavatory
mandatory
memory
observatory
oratory
predatory
satisfactory
territory
victory
Note: There are two words in British spelling which end in -oury:
savoury     armoury
(American Spellings: savory   armory)

next part of the spelling course Go to the next page: Take a test in ery ary ory words.

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