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    12. Initial-letter Contractions

    1. Are subject to the general rules for the use of contractions.

    2. May be used as parts of words only when they retain their original sounds.

      (time)li(ness) (th)(under) (there)(in)
      c(en)time laund(er) e(the)r(ea)l
      sur(name) (had)n't ad(here)
      (en)amel Hades sh(er)esy

    3. Special rules for certain part-word contractions:
      1. The contractions one is used whenever the letters o and n fall in the same syllable, regardless of the pronunciation.

        m(one)t(ar)y h(one)(st)y
        phonetic ph(one)
        anemone g(one)

      2. The contraction some is used only when it retains the sound of the word some, and where its letters form a complete syllable in the base word.

        h(and)(some) h(and)(some)r
        blossom(ed) (ch)romosome
        som(er)sault gasomet(er)

      3. The contraction part is used except where the prefix par is followed by any form of the word take.

        re(part)ee p(ar)tak(en)
        S(part)an p(ar)tak(er)
        (part)ial p(ar)took