The Sound [r] and the VCC Pattern
1.In the VCV pattern, the first vowel will usually be ________; but in the VCC pattern, the vowel will usually be _________.
There is variation, too, in VCC strings in which the CC is <rr>. For instance, in some people's pronunciation the words merry and marry sound exactly alike, but in other people's pronounciation they sound different from one another.
2. Here are some words with <rr> in VCC patterns. Read them and pronounce them. Listen carefully to see if you can hear which short vowel is right in front of the [r]. Sometimes it can be a bit hard to decide, so don't be too discouraged if you have a little trouble with it. The spelling is a major clue:
3. Sort the words into these four groups:
5. You have worked with four different things that sometimes lead to <rr> in a word. The first one is simple addition. What are the other three?