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9.7: How Do You Spell Long ‘oo’?

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How Do You Spell [u], Long ‘oo’?

How Do You Spell \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*}, Long ‘oo’?

1. You can hear long ‘oo’, \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*}, in the word crude. Long ‘oo’ is usually spelled with a \begin{align*}<\mathrm{u}>\end{align*} or an <o>. Underline the letters that are spelling \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} in the following words:

\begin{align*} & \text{tr\underline{u}ly} && \text{bl\underline{u}e} && \text{s\underline{u}icide} && \text{res\underline{u}me} && \text{l\underline{o}se} && \text{r\underline{\text{u}}ble}\\ & \text{aven\underline{u}e} && \text{incl\underline{u}ding} && \text{infl\underline{u}ence} && \text{n\underline{u}clear} && \text{t\underline{o}} && \text{sh\underline{o}e}\\ &\text{st\underline{u}dent} && \text{absol\underline{u}tely} && \text{stat\underline{u}e} && \text{concl\underline{u}sion} && \text{cr\underline{u}el} && \text{r\underline{u}in}\\ & \text{gl\underline{u}e} && \text{introd\underline{u}ce} && \text{j\underline{u}nior} && \text{cons\underline{u}mer} && \text{tw\underline{o}} && \text{concl\underline{u}de}\\ & \text{can\underline{o}e} && \text{sol\underline{u}tion} && \text{st\underline{u}pid} && \text{cost\underline{u}me} && \text{n\underline{u}merous} && \text{appr\underline{o}ve}\\ &\text{wh\underline{o}} && \text{ass\underline{u}me} && \text{impr\underline{o}ve} && \text{excl\underline{u}de} && \text{r\underline{u}mor} && \text{opport\underline{u}nity}\end{align*}

2. Now sort the words into the following two groups:

Words with
\begin{align*}<\mathrm{u}>\end{align*} <o>
truly suicide exclude canoe
avenue influence cruel who
student statue numerous improve
glue junior rumor lose
blue stupid ruble to
including resume ruin two
absolutely nuclear conclude shoe
introduce conclusion opportunity approve
solution consumer
assume costume

3. You have worked with three patterns that have long vowels at their beginning: VCV, Ve#, and VCle. Sort the words in Item 1 into the following groups:

Words with VCV strings in which
\begin{align*}<\mathrm{u}>\end{align*} <o>
truly assume costume improve
student junior exclude lose
including stupid numerous approve
absolutely resume rumor
introduce conclusion conclude
solution consumer opportunity

4. Words with \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} spelled \begin{align*}<\mathrm{u}> \end{align*} in the Ve# pattern ...

\begin{align*} & avenue && glue && blue && statue\end{align*}

5. Words with \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} spelled <o> in the Ve# pattern ...

\begin{align*} & canoe && shoe\end{align*}

6. Words with \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} spelled \begin{align*} <\mathrm{u}> \end{align*} in the VCle# pattern ...

\begin{align*} & nuclear && ruble\end{align*}

7. There are two other patterns that have long vowels at their heads. The first one is written CV#: When <e>, \begin{align*} <\mathrm{i}> \end{align*}, <o>, \begin{align*} <\mathrm{u}> \end{align*}, or <y> are the last letter in a word , they spell a long sound. Find the three words in your list of \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} words that fit the CV# pattern:

Words with \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} in the CV# pattern ...

\begin{align*} & who && to && two \end{align*}

6. The second new pattern is quite different from any of the others: When two separate vowel sounds come one right after the other, the first vowel sound will be long — as in words like lion and cruel. We write this pattern V.V. The dot between the V's reminds us that the vowel letters are spelling two separate vowel sounds.

Words with \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*} in the V.V pattern...

\begin{align*} & suicide && influence && cruel && ruin\end{align*}

7. So far you have worked with eight vowel patterns: VCV, VCC, CVC#, VCle, VCCle, CV#, Ve#, and V.V. Sort the eight patterns into these two groups:

Patterns that have first vowels that are ...
short long

Teaching Notes.

For more on the spelling of \begin{align*}[\bar{\mathrm{u}}]\end{align*}, see AES, pp. 288-96. For more on the vowel patterns, see pp. 90-111.

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