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10.17: How Do You Spell [n]?

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How Do You Spell [n]?

1. We will examine six different ways of spelling [n]. But first see how many you can think of and try to write a word that contains each spelling. If you can't think of all six, don't worry too much about it:

a. Sometimes [n] is spelled _________ as in the word _________.

b. Sometimes [n] is spelled _________ as in the word _________.

c. Sometimes [n] is spelled _________ as in the word _________.

d. Sometimes [n] is spelled _________ as in the word _________.

e. Sometimes [n] is spelled _________ as in the word _________.

f. Sometimes [n] is spelled _________ as in the word _________.

2. Think about the consonant sounds you have worked with so far, and answer these questions:

a. How do you think the sound [n] is usually spelled? ________

b. What would you expect to be the next most common spelling of [n]? ________

3. Now underline the letters that spell [n] in the following words:

\begin{align*}& \text{balance} && \text{nuisance} && \text{candidate} && \text{conclusion} \\ & \text{immense} && \text{columnist} && \text{immunity} && \text{dictionary} \\ & \text{efficient} && \text{judgement} && \text{solemnity} && \text{coupon} \\ & \text{economics} && \text{bundle} && \text{nourishment} && \text{island} \\ & \text{nonalcoholic} && \text{enormous} && \text{diamonds} && \text{underexposed}\end{align*}

4. How is [n] spelled in all of these words? ______. Usually [n] is spelled this way - about nine times out of ten, in fact!

5. You have seen that double consonants, such as <nn>, can be caused by twinning or assimilation or simple addition. Sometimes twinning can cause an <nn>: fan + n + ing = fanning. Sometimes assimilation can cause an <nn>: a\begin{align*}\cancel{d}\end{align*} + n + nounce = announce, and co\begin{align*}\cancel{m}\end{align*} + n + nect = connect. And simple addition can cause an <nn> when an element that starts with <n> is added to another element that ends with <n>: un + named = unnamed, and stubborn + ness = stubbornness.

6. All of the following words contain an <nn> that is caused by one of the three things described above. Analyze each word enough to show where the two <n>'s come from. Then in the ‘Cause’ column write the cause for the <nn> in each word -either “Twinning,” “Assimilation,” or “Simple Addition”:

Words = Analysis Cause
announce = a\begin{align*}\cancel{d}\end{align*} + n + nounce Assimilation
connect =
innocent =
tinny =
unnourishing =
nonnuclear =
skinny =
unnecessary =
nonnative =
innumerable =
beginner =
commonness =
annihilate =
unnodding =
annex =
annul =
nonnoble =
suddenness =
connive =
beginning =
cannot =
stubbornness =
sunniest =
twinned =

7. So far you have examined two different ways to spell [n]: _____ and _____. The sound [n] is spelled these two ways about ninety-nine times out of a hundred!

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