6.8 Ing or ble at the Beginning of a Word [XII.38.a]

There is one restriction on the use of the signs for ing and ble that does not apply to the other contractions in this lesson, namely, that they are not used at the beginning of a word. Thus, the sign for ing is not used in ingot, nor the sign for ble in blemish. Even when such a word comes after the hyphen in a hyphenated compound word, as in once-blemished, the contraction cannot be used. However, unless other rules prevent it, these contractions are used at the beginning of a line in a divided word. Examples:

em-

morn-

Wa(sh)-

Bi-

(ble)m

(ing).

(ing)ton

(ble).