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16.23: Review of VCV Shortening Rules

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Review of VCV Shortening Rules

1. The Suffix -ity Rule. The vowel right in front of the suffix -ity will always be ______________, even if it is the first vowel in a ______________ string.

2. The Third Vowel Rule. The third vowel sound from the end of a word will often be ______ if it is ______________, even if it is the first vowel in a ______ string.

3. French Lemon Rule. Words that have ____________ vowel sounds and were borrowed from ______________ will have a ______________ first vowel, even in a _________ string.

4. Some of the words below are instances of the three rules above. Sort them into the table:

\begin{align*} &\text {electricity}&& \text {moment}&& \text {society}&& \text {rationality}\\ &\text {equality}&& \text {chocolate}&& \text {ferocity}&& \text {hesitate}\\ &\text {educate}&& \text {gravel}&& \text {citizen}&& \text {analysis}\\ &\text {assiduous}&& \text {recent}&& \text {positive}&& \text {definite}\\ &\text {physics}&& \text {balance}&& \text {stomach}&& \text {personality}\\ &\text {anxiety}&& \text {susceptibility}&& \text {agent}&& \text {legend}\\ &\text {precious}&& \text {simplicity}&& \text {dozen}&& \text {focus}\end{align*}

5. Be ready to discuss this question: What were your reasons for excluding each of the six words that you did not write into the table?

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