| Lesson Generalization
An unstressed middle vowel is sometimes dropped when the word is pronounced.
The three-syllable word seems to shrink to a two-syllable word:
Certain consonant combinations do not blend together smoothly: tp mn gn. One
of the consonants may accidentally be dropped when the word is pronounced.
sounds liked gen-ral fav-or-ite sounds like fav-rite
instead of government
- reco-nize instead of recognize
- pos-pone instead of postpone
In some other words, the difficult consonant is retained in the spelling, but
is never pronounced: kit chen whistle
Remember these often
unspoken letters when you spell any of these words.