In British English, the phonetic symbol /e/ corresponds to the monophthong vowel sound in words like "net" and "head". It is called a short vowel.
Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /e/ include the following:
- with "e": bed - bred - get - lent - red - sent - ten - went;
- with "ea": bread - breath - dead - dealt - death - feather - head - health - lead - leather - meant - measure - pleasure - read - spread - sweat - thread - threat - treasure - wealth;
- others: again - any - many - ate - friend - leisure - said - says;
- homophones: bread/bred - lead/led - leant/lent - read/red - sent/cent/scent - weather/whether.