72. One Vowel between Stems.- When one vowel only occurs between consonants, its sign is sometimes written to the first stem and sometimes to the second. The general rule that governs in such cases is as follows:

I. The signs of all the first-place vowels, whether long or short, or diphthong, and of the two long second-place vowels, are written to and after the first stem; thus,—

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II. The signs of the two short second-place vowels, and of all the third-place vowels, whether long or short, or diphthong, are written to and before the second stem; thus,—

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73.   Another Form of the Rule. -(a) Write all the first-place vowels and the two heavy second-place vowels just after the preceding consonant, (b) Write all the third-place vowels and the two light second-place vowels just before the following consonant.

74.   All vowels which, according to the foregoing rule, are written to the first stem, are heard in the sentence : " Ma and all of my boys now may go." All vowels that are written to the second stem, are heard in the sentence : "Let us see if you could mew."

75.   Vowel at the Beginning. - If a vowel-sound begins a word, its sign is placed before the first stem of the outline; thus,—

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76.   Vowel at the End. - If a vowel-sound ends a word, its sign is placed after the last stem of the outline. For examples see Lesson IV.