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accented form accented in English accented syllables adjectives became obsolete become beside unaccented changes combination common dative declension digraph diphthong disappeared earlier early shortening eighteenth century Examples express feminine fifteenth final fluctuation form their plural formation fourteenth century French words gender genitive grammatical gender guttural influence initially labial large number later lengthened long vowels masculine medially modern dialects monophthongized native words northern dialects nounced nouns ending number of words nunciation O.Fr older open vowel orthography past participle period plural plural ending present day preserved pret preterite and past pronounced regularly became regularly developed remained seventeenth century short vowels similarly sing singular and plural sixteenth century sonant sounds spelling spirants standard language standard pronunciation stem-vowel strong verbs syllables accented unaccented form unaccented in French unaccented syllables vocalic voiced voiced consonants voiceless consonants weak verbs west Midland whence written