Silent Final <e> and Stress
The rule is this: Silent final <e> only marks a vowel long if the vowel has strong stress.
3. Mark the strong stress in each of these words. Remember that when a word has two vowel sounds, the strong stress is usually on the first vowel — not always, but usually:
4. Now sort the words into this matrix:
Words with strong stress on the last vowel sound:
Words with weak stress on the last vowel sound:
Words in which the final <e> marks a long vowel:
Words in which the final <e> does not mark a long vowel:
5. A silent final <e> only marks a long vowel if the final vowel sound in the word has strong stress.