Long <i> and the VCC Pattern
1. You have seen that one VCC pattern that regularly has a long vowel in front of it is the VCle pattern: bible, bridle, rifle. A similar but not so common case is the VCrV pattern. Find the letter that is spelling [ī] in the words below, mark it ‘v’, and then mark the next two letters after it either ‘v’ or ‘c’:
2. But long <i> occurs in several other VCC patterns, too. Some of the following words have long <i>; some have short <i>. Mark the letter that is spelling [ī] or [i] in each ‘v’ and then mark the next two letters either ‘v’ or ‘c’:
3. Sort the thirty words into these two groups:
4. Sort the words with long <i> into the following seven groups:
5. Four of these combinations contain one or more silent consonant letters. List the four below:
6. These special cases of long <i> in VCC patterns are due to changes that occurred in our language hundreds of years ago. There is little we can do except to try to remember them. Fortunately, only a few words contain them, not many more than in the list above.