1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading eBook

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  31. When is Z silent?
  In one word only—­Rendezvous.

  32. What letters are never silent?
  F, J, Q, and R.

  33. What is meant by Antecedent part of a syllable?
  That part before the vowel.

  34. What is the Consequent part of a syllable?
  That part which follows the vowel.

  35. How many words end in Ceed?

  36. What are they?
  Exceed, proceed, and succeed.

  37. How many of the English words are derived from the Latin?
  About, three-fourths.

  38. What Language is called “Our mother tongue?"

  39. From what language do we get most of our Scientific terms?
  The Greek.

  40. How many English words begin with IN as a prefix?
  Two hundred and fifty.

  41. How many begin with im?

  42. How many begin with un?
  About two thousand.

  43. Were final E not silent, what would be the result?
  Another syllable would be formed.

  44. When is final E dropped in spelling?
  Before vowel terminations mostly.

  45. Why is the final E retained in such words as changeable and

  To preserve the soft sound of the c or g.

  46. In the words fleeing, seeing, etc., why retain both Es?
  To determine the proper meaning of the word.

  47 What is a Figure of orthography?
  Any departure from the ordinary spelling of a word.

  48. How many Figures are there?

  49 What are they?
  Archaism and Mimesis.

  50. What is Archaism?
  The spelling of a word according to ancient usage.

  51. What is Mimesis?
  The spelling of a word in imitation of a false pronunciation.

  52. When is i used as a consonant?
  When followed by a vowel in the same syllable; as in alien, etc.

  53. When is y final changed to e?
  Before the suffix ous; as in beauteous.

  54. When is y final changed to i?
  Before the suffix ful; as in beautiful.

  55. What is a Redundant prefix?
  One that does not change the signification of the root; as, a in
          the word adry.

  56. When is ie changed to y?
  Before the ending ing.

  57. When use the digraph ei in spelling?
  Ei follows c soft, and begins words.

  58. When use ie in spelling?
  Ie follows consonants (except c soft), and ends words.

  59. In changing the word hoe to hoeing, why retain the e?
  To preserve its signification.

  60. What is the origin of the suffix less?

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