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vowel (s) (noun), vowels (pl)
1. A speech sound made with the vocal tract open: "Oh!", said Jane when she repeated what her baby girl had uttered, encouraging her to repeat this vowel again!
2. A letter of the alphabet that represents a spoken sound: In English, the vowels are "a", "e", "i", "o", "u", and sometimes "y".

Word Entries containing the term: “vowel
ad- appears in this form before a vowel and before the consonants d, h, j, m, and v. It is simplified to a- before sc, sp and st.

Before c, f, g, l, n, p, q, r, s, and t; ad- is changed to ac-, af-, ag-, al-, an-, ap-, aq-, ar-, as-, and at-.

In other words, the d of ad usually changes into the same letter as the first letter of the following root or word when it is a consonant: ad-fix becomes affix, and ad-sign becomes assign; therefore, making a double consonant.

Another example includes: attract as with ad-tract (drawn towards); so it has a double t. On the other hand when ad- precedes a vowel, as with adapt, it is simply ad-apt, with one d. For the same reason, there is only one d in adore and adumbrate, because ad- has combined with orare and umbra each of which starts with a vowel.

So, remember: since these Latin words begin with vowels and not consonants, the d of ad does not double as shown in the previous examples.

This entry is located in the following unit: Latin Proverbs, Mottoes, Phrases, and Words: Group A (page 6)