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Long <\text{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’:

\text{library} && \text{microscope} && \text{nitrogen} && \text{migrate} && \text{tigress} && \text{vibrate}

2. But long <\text{i}> occurs in several other VCC patterns, too. Some of the following words have long <\text{i}>; some have short <\text{i}>. Mark the letter that is spelling [ī] or [i] in each ‘v’ and then mark the next two letters either ‘v’ or ‘c’:

& \text{assigned} && \text{highway} && \text{thigh} && \text{resign} && \text{sights} \\& \text{child} && \text{winter} && \text{brightly} && \text{delight} && \text{isle} \\& \text{dignity} && \text{tighten} && \text{countersign} && \text{timber} && \text{knight} \\& \text{building} && \text{island} && \text{resignation} && \text{blind} && \text{mankind} \\& \text{climb} && \text{pint} && \text{wildly} && \text{kindness} && \text{taillight} \\& \text{behind} && \text{window} && \text{children} && \text{remind} && \text{grind}

3. Sort the thirty words into these two groups:

4. Sort the words with long <\text{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 <\text{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.

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