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7.21: Lesson Twenty-one

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How Do You Spell [t]?

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

& \text{\underline{t}elephone} && \text{benefi\underline{t}} && \text{candida\underline{t}e} && \text{\underline{t}ouris\underline{t}} \\& \text{wri\underline{t}er} && \text{ar\underline{t}is\underline{t}} && \text{hospi\underline{t}al} && \text{\underline{t}ongue} \\& \text{collec\underline{t}} && \text{vege\underline{t}able} && \text{elec\underline{t}ric} && \text{s\underline{t}ruggle} \\& \text{\underline{t}echnique} && \text{\underline{t}augh\underline{t}} && \text{symp\underline{t}om} && \text{mo\underline{t}ors}

2. Now sort the words into these three groups:

Words in which [t] is ...
the first sound: the last sound: in the middle:
telephone collect writer
technique benefit artist
taught artist vegetable
tourist taught hospital
tongue candidate electric
symptom tourist
motors

3. How is [t] spelled in all of these words? <t>. More than nine times out of ten the sound [t] is spelled this way.

4. Usually the sound [t] is spelled <t>.

5. Underline the letters that spell [t] in the following words:

& \text{ca\underline{tt}ail} && \text{regre\underline{tt}ing} && \text{bo\underline{tt}om} \\& \text{commi\underline{tt}ed} && \text{ou\underline{tt}alk} && \text{a\underline{tt}ention} \\& \text{submi\underline{tt}ed} && \text{upse\underline{tt}ing} && \text{a\underline{tt}end}

6. How is [t] spelled in all of these words? \underline{<tt>}. About ninety-nine times out of a hundred the sound [t] is spelled either <\mathrm{tt}> or <t>.

Practically always the sound [t] is spelled either <t> or \underline{<tt>}.

Watch the Middles!

benefit
bene fit
bene fit
bene fit
benefit
electric
electr ic
electr ic
electr ic
electric
telephones
tele phone s
tele phone s
tele phone s
tele phone s
telephones
vegetables
veget able s
veget able s
veget able s
veget able s
vegetables

Teaching Notes.

Item 5. Dictionaries show the <\mathrm{tt}> in the compounds outtalk and cattail spelling not [t] but [t-t]. In everyday speech it is likely that the two words are most often pronounced with a single [t], which is why the two words are included here. On the other hand, any students who argue that <\mathrm{tt}> spells [t-t] rather than [t] also have a good point: The dictionaries are on their side.

Item 6. In lessons 28 and 30 the students will study the minor spellings of [t] that account for the remaining less than 1\%.

For more on the spellings of [t] see AES, pp. 342-49.

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