‘-erer’ / ‘-ered’ endings


– Look at and listen to the following three words:

murder murderer murdered

i) Which word contains an /r/ sound?
ii) How many syllables does each word contain?
i) ‘murderer’ contains one /r/ sound, the other two words do not.
ii) murder /ˈmɜːdə/ – 2 syllables. murderer /ˈmɜːdərə/ – 3 syllables. murdered /ˈmɜːdəd/ – 2 syllables.

How do you pronounce ‘-erer’ and ‘-ered’ endings?

In GB English:

  • If a root word ends in ‘er’ and is followed by ‘ed’, the ‘ered’ ending is pronounced /əd/
  • If a word ends in ‘er’ and is followed by ‘er’, the ‘erer’ ending is pronounced /ərə/.

DRILL

– Repeat the words in the following order – i) root ii) root + ‘er’ iii) root + ‘ed’:

answer | answerer | answered
slaughter | slaughterer | slaughtered
scatter | scatterer | scattered
whisper | whisperer | whispered
deliver | deliverer | delivered
loiter | loiterer | loitered
discover | discoverer | discovered
sober | soberer | sobered