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1. Ernest preferred to learn the first and third words. 2. The alert clerk gave Bernard the birth certificate. 3. Gertrude, Earl, and Merton sit in the third row. 4. The girl held her purse firmly when the car lurched. 5. The whirling wheel hurled the dirt with a jerk. 6. The servants searched for little Pearl's turtle. 7. A herd of Jerseys grazed on the verdant hill.
8. The brook purled and swirled and curled among the pearly pebbles.
9. The Colonel turned his horse with a jerk and struck the earth with his quirt.
10. In the early morning Percival heard the hermit thrush and the myrtle bird.
11. Ferdinand and Herbert pressed the earth firmly around the roots of the little birch.
12. The mirthful urchin found turning turf irksome, so he shirked his work and earned little. 13. "He could foretell the weather at a word, He knew the haunt of every bee and bird.”
-JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.
The Sound of a as in ate
When final and stressed this sound tends to become diphthongal (a + i in it).
Webster, ā Funk and Wagnalls, ē Phonetic Symbol, e:, er
1. Nathan Hale was a brave patriot.
6. Mrs. Gray gave her aged neighbor some grape marmalade.
1. May basted the lace on Kate's cape. 2. It rained and rained on that gray April day. 3. The mail train was delayed on the plains. 4. James ate the steak and Clayton ate the bacon. 5. Amy stayed at Cape May until the eighth of April. 6. Which States border on the Great Lakes ? 7. The pale lady waited patiently for the late stage. 8. Mabel made a maid's apron for the sale. 9. Raymond and Jacob played in the lane all day. 10. Baylis Mason skated straight across the lake.
Grace delayed the game till her favorite playmate came.
12. Jane sailed from Naples on the twenty-eighth of May.
They waited for the rain to abate before separating for the day.
14. Rachel placed a table under the maples and served lemonade and cake to the ladies. 15. The unwearied sun from day to day Doth his creator's power display.
The Sound of o as in oak
When final and stressed this sound becomes diphthongal (o + oo in foot).
1. Show Sophy how to sew the sofa pillow.
1. Homer drove over the cold snowy road to Dover. 2. Roland and Rover rolled in the clover. 3. The voters will go to the polls in November. 4. Cora put more dough into the molds. 5. Mr. Jones sold the go-cart to Mrs. Holmes. 6. Over the billowy ocean go the soldiers. 7. "Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll.” 8. Yellow goldenrod grows by the lonely road. 9. Over in the meadow lived a toad and a mole. 10. Joan and Rhoda are going to row to the old fort. 11. The Baltimore oriole will fly to the oak.
12. The policeman noticed the open window and notified the owner of the store.
13. In days of old, as they strolled over the wold, Owen quoted many poems.
14. A bolt broke when the chauffeur ran the automobile into the stone wall. 15.
Come and trip it as you go