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14.18: More Spellings of [sh]: <c>, <sc>, <ss>, and <s>

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More Spellings of [sh]: <c>, <sc>, <ss>, and \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*}

1. Underline the letters that spell [sh] in the following words:

\begin{align*}&\text{expression} && \text{official} && \text{dimension} && \text{conscience}\\ &\text{social} && \text{suspicious} && \text{succession} && \text{missionary}\\ &\text{consciously} && \text{financial} && \text{electrician} && \text{possession}\\ &\text{racial} && \text{intermission} && \text{apprehension} && \text{specially}\\ &\text{extension} && \text{suspension} && \text{sufficiently} && \text{mansion}\end{align*}

2. Sort the words into these four groups:

3. Look carefully at your four groups of words and answer the following questions:

a. When [sh] is spelled \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*}, <c>, <sc>, or <ss>, are the next two letters always vowels or consonants or what? _______

b. What letter always comes right after the \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*}, <c>, <sc>, or <ss>? _______

c. Do the vowels after the \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*}, <c>, <sc>, or <ss> have weak stress or heavy stress? _______

4. There is one more spelling of [sh]. Underline the letters that spell [sh] in these words:

\begin{align*}&\text{sugar} && \text{assured} && \text{insurance}\\ &\text{fissure} && \text{pressure} && \text{issue}\\ &\text{tissue} && \text{censure} && \text{sure}\end{align*}

In these words (and pretty much these words only) [sh] is spelled \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*} or <ss> with no \begin{align*}<\text{i}>\end{align*} or second vowel following.

a. In these words what letter always comes after the \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*} or <ss>? _______

b. What letter almost always comes after that one? _______

5. In each of the following pairs of words the <t>, <c>, \begin{align*}<\text{s}>\end{align*}, <ss>, and <sc> sometimes spell [sh] and sometimes do not. Be ready to discuss why they do not spell [sh] in those words in which they do not:

\begin{align*}&\text{social} && \text{society}\\ &\text{prediction} && \text{predicting}\\ &\text{finances} && \text{financial}\\ &\text{official} && \text{office}\\ &\text{completion} && \text{complete}\\ &\text{conscience} && \text{science}\\ &\text{physician} && \text{physical}\\ &\text{recess} && \text{recession}\\ &\text{description} && \text{descriptive}\\ &\text{patent} && \text{patient}\\ &\text{partial} && \text{part}\end{align*}

6. Eight ways of spelling [sh] are ________, ________, ________, _______, _______, _______, _______, and _______.

7. Those spellings of [sh] that are always followed by an unstressed \begin{align*}<\text{i}>\end{align*} and another unstressed vowel are _______, _______, _______, _______, and _______.

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