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    Default why is "have" different from "make"

    why isn't the rule of long vowel applied when pronouncing "have" and applied in the word "make"

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    Default Re: why is "have" different from "make"

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    why isn't the rule of long vowel applied when pronouncing "have" and applied in the word "make"
    The -e on have is the result of a spelling convention: Norman scribes added -e to a word if it ended in [v] (e.g., have, give) to differentiate the sound [v] from the sound [u], because at that time the letters <u> and <v> were used interchangeably to spell both the vowel [u] and the consonant [v].

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    Default Re: why is "have" different from "make"

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The -e on have is the result of a spelling convention: Norman scribes added -e to a word if it ended in [v] (e.g., have, give) to differentiate the sound [v] from the sound [u], because at that time the letters <u> and <v> were used interchangeably to spell both the vowel [u] and the consonant [v].

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    Interesting link Soup, thanks.

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