A contraction should not be used when two adjoining consonants are pronounced separately. As a consequence, the gh contraction is not used in shanghaied, nor is the wh contraction used in towhee. There are several exceptions to this rule—especially in common, familiar words. For example, the contraction for ing is used in ginger and harbinger even though the n and g fall into different syllables.
•Note: Until the student becomes accustomed to traditional braille treatment of words that contain diphthongs or have adjoining consonants that are pronounced separately, it is best to consult the Typical and Problem Word List in the back of this book or the Braille Enthusiast's Dictionary. (See §4.5e)
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