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What are some words with the short "i" sound?

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Examples of words with the short "i" sound include "trick," "him," "mill," "mitt" and "flip." Further examples of words with this sound include "big," "crib," "kid," "bin" and "six."

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Although the short "i" sound is often spelled with an "i," it is sometimes spelled with other vowels as well. For example, in the words "myth," "symbol" and "system," the letter "y" produces a short "i" sound. In the words "accurate," "passionate" and "unfortunate," the letter "a" produces the short "i" sound. In the words "landed," "skated" and "celebrated," the letter "e" produces the short "i" sound. In the word "busy," it is the letter "u" that produces the sound.

When "i" is followed by an "r" in words such as "stir" and "girl," the sound is often pronounced as the schwa as opposed to the short "i" sound. Words with the "-ate" suffix are often pronounced with the short "i" sound if they are nouns or adjectives. Verbs with this suffix, such as "celebrate," are often pronounced with the long "a" sound. The "-ed" suffix is pronounced with a short "i" sound when preceded with a "t" or a "d."

To make the short "i" sound, the lips must be relaxed and the central area of the tongue must be high in the central area of the mouth. "I" is an unstressed vowel.

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