Created by British software engineer Josh Wardle, the word-based game, Wordle, enjoyed instant success across many English-speaking regions when it made its debut in 2021.

Each day, Wordle users try to guess a new, five-letter word, and have six attempts to do so. Within these six guesses, you use a designated color system to find out which letters are present in that day’s chosen word.

If a Wordle user guesses a letter that’s in the right place, that tile will turn green. If the letter appears in the word, but not in the place the user has guessed it, it will turn yellow. If the letter does not appear in the word at all, the tile will turn gray.

A friend of the photographer plays “Wordle” on January 12, 2022 in New York City. Newsweek has a number of quick hints for today’s Wordle brainteaser if you’re struggling to guess today’s five-letter word.

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In an interview with Newsweek, Erhan Aslan, an expert in applied linguistics at the University of Reading in the U.K., gave some handy tips on how to improve your chances of solving the daily puzzle.

“One thing that I think is important in this game is the starting letter chosen,” Aslan said. “Starting off with letters that include commonly used vowels, for example, e and a, consonants such as r and t, and sound sequences might be helpful.

“Choosing a word that starts with q, z, j, or x, for instance, may not be the best choice. As you get more feedback after a few guesses, users need to draw on some knowledge of phonics to narrow down or eliminate some words that they might be thinking.”

The answer to today’s Wordle will be revealed at the end of this article, so make sure you scroll down with caution if you want to figure it out for yourself.

‘Wordle’ #988 Tips and Hints for Sunday, March 3

Hint #1: This word contains two vowels.

Hint #2: The two vowels are different.

Hint #3: Today’s answer has one repeating letter.

Hint #4: This word has several meanings, including to say something or describe a country and its government.

Hint #5: The final letter is “E.”

‘Wordle’ #988 Answer for Sunday, March 3

The answer to today’s Wordle is “state.”

The Cambridge Dictionary defines “state” as a “condition or way of being that exists at a particular time,” such as “the library had fallen into a state of disrepair.” It can also mean “to say or write something, especially clearly and carefully,” or relate to activities performed by a government of a country, such as state education.

“State” can also refer to U.S. states, such as New York or Texas.

Did you get it? If you did, then congratulations, but if not, do not worry, Newsweek will be back tomorrow with some more hints and tips for the latest offering of the puzzle game.