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Using pronunciation to help remembering words
Bernard C Lambs, in his book The Queen’s English, talks a bit about how pronunciation can help you remember how to spell words . Here are a couple of examples about vowels:
Long sounding vowels
A long sounding vowel is usually followed by one consonant and sometimes indicates a silent e after the consonant. For example:
There will always be exceptions, but the rule if there to help with the majority. Bernard C Lamb explains that the above does not work if the consonent is w, x or y.
Short sounding vowels
A short sounding vowels is usually followed by a double consonant letter, so can help to spell words such as
Again there will always be exceptions, but the rule if there to help with the majority. Bernard C Lamb explains that the above does not work if the consonent is ‘L’.
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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK
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