Word families: The 37 most common word families in English 1

Word families: The 37 most common word families in English

Word families ! They are groups of words that have a common pattern or groups of letters with the same sound.  For example, at, cat, hat, and fat are a family of words with the “at” sound and letter combination in common.

Word families

Word families List

The following is a list of the most common word families in English

ack ad age ail ain ake ale all am
attack ad age ail brain awake ale all cam
back bad cage fail chain bake bale ball clam
black brad engage hail complain brake dale call dam
crack cad rage jail explain cake gale fall dram
hack clad sage mail gain fake kale gall exam
Jack dad stage nail grain flake male hall gram
knack doodad wage pail main Jake pale install ham
lack glad rail obtain lake sale mall jam
pack had sail pain make scale small lam
quack lad snail plain quake stale squall ma’am
rack mad tail rain rake tale stall Pam
sack pad wail slain sake whale tall ram
snack sad Spain shake thrall Sam
stack sprain snake wall scam
tack stain stake slam
track strain take spam
whack train wake swam
Zack vain tam
ame an ank ap ar ash at ate aw
blame bank cap afar ash abate caw
came ban blank clap bar bash bat ate claw
fame bran crank flap car brash brat crate draw
flame can dank gap czar cash cat date flaw
frame clan drank lap far clash chat debate gnaw
game Dan flank map gar crash fat fate jaw
lame fan frank nap guitar dash flat gate law
name flan Hank rap jar flash gnat grate paw
same Fran plank sap mar gash hat hate raw
shame Jan prank scrap par gnash mat Kate saw
tame Japan rank slap scar hash pat late slaw
man sank snap spar lash rat mate straw
pan shrank strap star mash sat plate thaw
pecan spank tap tar rash slat rate
plan tank trap tsar sash spat relate
ran thank wrap slash tat sate
ay eat eel eep eet ell en ent est
away beat eel beep beet bell amen accent best
bay cheat feel creep feet cell Ben bent chest
bray cleat heel deep fleet dell children cent crest
clay eat keel jeep greet dwell den dent jest
day feat kneel keep meet farewell fen event nest
decay greet peel peep sheet fell gentlemen gent pest
delay heat reel seep sleet hell glen lent quest
display meat steel sheep street sell Gwen rent rest
flay neat wheel sleep sweet shell hen scent test
gay peat steep tweet smell men sent unrest
gray pleat sweep spell open spent vest
hay seat weep swell pen tent west
jay treat tell then vent zest
lay wheat well ten went
may yell when
nay wren
ice ick ide ife ight ile ill in ine
dice brick bride fife bright bile bill bin brine
ice chick decide knife delight file chill chin decline
mice click glide life fight mile dill din define
nice flick hide strife flight Nile drill fin dine
price kick pride wife fright pile fill gin fine
rice lick ride height rile frill grin line
slice nick side knight smile gill in mine
spice pick slide light stile grill kin nine
splice quick stride might tile hill pin pine
thrice Rick tide night vile ill shin shine
twice sick wide plight while Jill skin shrine
vice slick right kill sin sine
stick sight krill spin spine
thick slight mill thin swine
tick tight pill tin tine
trick tonight quill twin twine
wick shrill win vine
ing ink ip it oat ock og oil oke
bring blink blip admit boat block blog boil awoke
cling brink chip bit coat clock bog broil bloke
fling drink dip fit float cock catalog coil broke
king fink drip flit gloat crock clog foil choke
ping ink flip grit goat dock cog oil joke
ring link grip hit oat flock dog soil poke
sing mink hip it stoat frock fog spoil smoke
sling pink lip kit throat hock frog toil spoke
spring rink nip knit jock hog stoke
sting shrink quip lit knock jog stroke
string sink rip mit lock log woke
swing stink ship pit mock slog yoke
thing think sip quit o’clock smog
wing wink skip sit rock
wring slip skit shock
zing snip slit smock
strip snit sock
tip spit stock
trip split
whip twit
zip wit
oo ood ood oof oof ook oom ool oon
boo good brood goof hoof book bloom cool balloon
coo hood food proof woof brook boom drool goon
goo stood mood roof cook broom fool loon
igloo wood spoof crook doom pool moon
moo hook gloom spool noon
shoo look groom stool soon
too nook loom tool spoon
woo rook room swoon
zoo shook zoom
oop oot (long oo) oot (short oo) op ore orn ot ought ould
coop boot foot bop bore adorn apricot bought could
droop hoot soot chop chore born blot brought should
hoop scoot cop core corn bot fought would
loop shoot crop fore forlorn clot ought
scoop drop gore horn cot sought
snoop flop lore morn dot thought
stoop hop more scorn forgot wrought
troop lop ore shorn got
mop pore thorn hot
plop score torn jot
pop shore worn knot
prop sore lot
spore not
store plot
swore pot
tore rot
wore shot
yore slot
ouse out ow (rhymes with cow) ow (rhymes with low) own uck ug ump un unk
douse about bow bow brown buck bug bump bun bunk
grouse bout cow blow crown chuck dug clump fun chunk
house clout chow crow down cluck hug dump gun drunk
louse gout how flow drown duck jug grump nun dunk
mouse grout now glow frown luck lug hump pun flunk
spouse out plow grow gown muck mug jump run funk
lout sow low nightgown puck plug lump shun hunk
pout vow mow town pluck pug plump spun junk
scout wow row stuck rug pump stun lunk
shout show struck shrug rump sun plunk
snout slow truck smug slump punk

List of Word families with Examples and Pictures

  • Words that Rhyme with Ad: 
  1. I love my dad.
  2. Behind bad luck comes good luck.
  3. He is a handsome lad.
  4. We all felt sad about his death.
  5. I’m glad that the exams are over.
  6. He was mad with me for losing his watch.
  7. She wrote on a pad of paper.   

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  • Words that Rhyme with At:
  1. She sat up in bed, listening.
  2. The cat was clawing at the door.
  3. Wipe your feet on the mat.
  4. She was wearing a red hat.
  5. He gave the dog a pat.
  6. I think he’s too fat.
  7. rat squeaked and ran into the bushes.
  8. The bat is flying with swiftness.

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  • Words that Rhyme with An:   
  1. She fried the eggs in a frying pan.
  2. man is known by his friends.
  3.  She cooled herself with a fan.
  4. They ran straight across the road .
  5. Fran has a can of beer.
  6. The man has a van.
  7. Jan is from Japan.
  8. The plan began.

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  • Words that Rhyme with Am:
  1. Be careful of that ram —it butts you.
  2. A new dam is now being built.
  3. The yam pieces were then simmered in water with the sailcloth for ten or twelve hours.
  4. Put the jam in the jar over there.
  5. Would you like another slice of ham/beef?
  6. From the salad to the clam chowder to the pasta with grilled peppers and chicken, dinner was perfect.
  7. I think I did OK in the exam.
  8. We heard a car door slam.

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  • Words that Rhyme with Ap:
  1. When you want a bath,you turn on the tap.
  2. The water was dripping from the tap.
  3. Do you see this point on the map?
  4. He picked his cap up from the floor and stuck it back on his head.
  5. I want to take a nap.
  6. She’s a good singer. Let’s clap her on.
  7. With a flap of its wings, the bird was gone.
  8. Come and sit on Grandpa’s lap!
  9. The road goes through a gap in/between the hills.

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  • Words that Rhyme with Ar:
  1. The car is in very good condition.
  2. He that travels far knows much. 
  3.  His guitar solos are just unbelievable.
  4. He put the lid on the jar.
  5. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky.
  6. We use tar to make roads.
  7. We were all in the bar sipping cocktails
  8. He had a scar on his forehead.

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2 years ago

Hi miss

2 years ago

Thanks so much for this resource! It is helpful to use with students to improve their decoding, reading fluency, and spelling skills. We are also practicing using the words in sentence to improve vocabulary skills.

D. Mendez
2 years ago

The second set of… Most common Word Families | Pictures is missing. Can you please add it? Thanks in advance. 🙂

Kim R.
1 year ago

Thank you for this compilation. I currently teach a literacy class for adult education, and this resource is very helpful.

10 months ago

Thank so much, it looks easy to teach.

9 months ago

Thanks for having these lists! I was making my own, so I really appreciate that you are saving me so much time!

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