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    efforts

    Why is "efforts" spelled with an "e" and "affordable" with an "a"?

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    Re: efforts

    The reasons for some spellings are historical. However, in this case, apart from historical reasons, the first syllable of 'efforts' is pronounced /e/, and the first syllable of 'affordable' is /ə/.

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