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# 7.24: The Sound [t] and the VCC Pattern

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

1. These are the short and long vowel sounds:

Short Vowel Sounds Long Vowel Sounds
[a] as in mat [ā] as in mate
[e] as in met [ē] as in meet
[i] as in mitt [ī] as in might
[o] as in cot [ō] as in coat
[u] as in cut [ū] as in coot
[u˙]\begin{align*}[\dot {\text{u}}]\end{align*} as in cook [yū] as in cute

2. Earlier you saw that in the VCC pattern, the vowel will usually be short, and in the VCV pattern the first vowel will usually be long. Which word, later or latter, has a short first vowel? _________ Which has a long first vowel? _________ Which has the VCC pattern for the first vowel? _________ Which has the VCV pattern for the first vowel? _________

3. In a word like latter with the ______ pattern the vowel will usually be ________, and in a word like later with the ________ pattern the first vowel will usually be ________.

4. Many words that are not compounds and do not contain twinning or assimilation still spell [t] <tt>\begin{align*}<\text{tt}>\end{align*} because of the VCC pattern, just like latter - and bottom.

Mark the VCC pattern and identify the vowel sound you hear in front of the <tt>\begin{align*}<\text{tt}>\end{align*} in each of the following words, as we have with bottom:

Word Vowel sound in front of the <tt>\begin{align*}<\text{tt}>\end{align*}:

bottom

vcc

scatter

vcc

ghetto

vcc

lettuce

vcc

chatter

vcc

kitten

vcc

button

vcc

cotton

vcc

letter

vcc

pattern

vcc

butter

vcc

matter

vcc

bitter

vcc

motto

vcc

tattoo

vcc

symptom

vcc

5. Are the vowel sounds in front of the ‘tt’ long or are they short? ____________

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Feb 23, 2012