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    Why do we double letter 'g' in bigger but we write slower with a single 'w' if the rule says that when adjective ends with a single consonant with a vowel before it, we double the consonant?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ja220 View Post
    Why do we double letter 'g' in bigger but we write slower with a single 'w' if the rule says that when adjective ends with a single consonant with a vowel before it, we double the consonant?

    It depends on the quality of a vowel before it. The consonant is doubled when it is preceded by a short monophthong in a stressed position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ja220 View Post
    Why do we double letter 'g' in bigger but we write slower with a single 'w' if the rule says that when adjective ends with a single consonant with a vowel before it, we double the consonant?
    In phonetics, 'W' is considered a vowel not a consonant.

    'Slow' when transcribed, would be /slou/

    Also, sky, fly. Y is considered a vowel. Disregarding what you've said.( to double)

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    Thank you for such a quick reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    In phonetics, 'W' is considered a vowel not a consonant.

    'Slow' when transcribed, would be /slou/

    Also, sky, fly. Y is considered a vowel. Disregarding what you've said.( to double)

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    We should distinguish between a letter and a sound.
    The sound 'w' is not a vowel, it's a consonant.
    e.g. wet, win, went, etc.

    The combination of the letters 'o'+'w' gives the diphthong /ou/ which is a vowel, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    We should distinguish between a letter and a sound.
    The sound 'w' is not a vowel, it's a consonant.
    e.g. wet, win, went, etc.

    The combination of the letters 'o'+'w' gives the diphthong /ou/ which is a vowel, of course.
    SO, have you ever seen a word with doubled 'w'? I'll tell:

    The rule of doubled consonants is clear. There are exceptions where we can't double a consonant even when the rules are met.

    Exceptions: final consonants (x, y, w) why?
    due to pronunciation,(phonetics). We can't pronounce a doubled x, y or w.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    SO, have you ever seen a word with doubled 'w'? I'll tell:

    The rule of doubled consonants is clear. There are exceptions where we can't bouble a consonant even when the rules are met.

    Exceptions: final consonants (x, y, w) why?
    due to pronunciation,(phonetics). We can't pronounce a doubled x, y or w.

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    When did I say that 'w' is doubled?

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    When did I say that 'w' is doubled?
    No, you didn't. But your previous notes were meant to show my lack of knowledge, therefore, I should have started first by that misunderstood question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    No, you didn't. But your previous notes were meant to show my lack of knowledge, therefore, I should have started first by that misunderstood question.
    Doubling a letter does not affect the pronunciation of the consonant it represents.
    'Big' or 'bigger' - the sound /g/ has the same quality. The letter is doubled to preserve the quality of the preceding vowel, otherwise it would be pronounced as /ai/. Why don't we double 'y', for example? Because when it occurs in the final position in a word it already serves to represent a diphthong together with the preceding vowel: stay - stayed /ei/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    We should distinguish between a letter and a sound.
    The sound 'w' is not a vowel, it's a consonant.
    e.g. wet, win, went, etc.

    The combination of the letters 'o'+'w' gives the diphthong /ou/ which is a vowel, of course.

    So, when making comparative I should take into consideration also the pronunciation of the word (of the final letters) not only the spelling? Am I right?

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