When AR is in the beginning or middle of a word, it can have 2 sounds, either Long A + R, as in air, or Open A + R, as in are. There is no good spelling rule, so you have to check the pronunciation of new words.
In just a few words, AR sounds like OR (Long O + R), as in war, award and quarter.
AR and OR
Both AR and OR are used as endings or are part of endings (like –ard). As endings, they usually have a schwa sound, the same ur sound as above. The words forward, dollar, author and visitor have the same sound at the end.
One common exception is the ending –ary which has a long A sound, as in voluntary or monetary.
OR usually has a Long O + R sound if it is in the beginning or middle of a word, as in order, force, more and information.
Occassionally, OR will reduce to ur if it is not on the stress. In corporation, the first OR is Long O + R and the second OR is ur. As stated above, the OR ending usually sounds like ur too.
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