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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Single Consonant Follows Vowel

Here’s another cop-out “rule”: A vowel, followed by a single consonant has a long-vowel sound, as in riding, siding, and tiding. Now explain to me the pronunciation of coming (instead of coh-ming), boxing (instead of bowx-ing), caring (instead of cayr-ing) daring (instead of dayr-ing) and a skillion more. “S’plain to me, Lucy!”


Anonymous said...

Thanks for using the time and effort to write something so interesting.

The Grammar Anarchist said...

I like to think anyone learning U.S.-speak as a second language can get the hang of it easier than trying to memorize a bunch of nefarious “rules”!