what does "marked" here mean?

the context is as below.


In this lesson, and in the pages immediately following, will be found forty-three exercises on the various sounds of the English language. Some of these have been given already, but are repeated here for the more thorough instruction of the pupil Let the teacher carefully discriminate between the different sounds of the vowels, and fully drill the scholars in their correct enunciation.

1. Regular Long Sound of A, marked a.

... ...

5. Sound of A in certain words before ff, ft, ss, st, sk, sp, and in a few before nce and nt,

marked a, as in staff.

THE 2 "MARKED A" IN 1 &5


in 1.Regular Long Sound of A, marked a. there are examples as below.

make safe gaze saint chamber

pastry mangy brave crave grave

shave adjacent awaken

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This is from McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book?

    "marked" = "labelled", but it's meaningless without the original typography.

    The various "a" sounds are represented by various special letters such as "barred a" (ā) so it's saying that "a" sound in the words is labelled using that character. For instance:

    1.Regular Long Sound of A, marked ā. there are examples as below.

    māke sāfe gāze sāint chāmber

    ... and so on.

    PS I hope this is just for research or interest; McGuffey was written in 1879, so it's not the best idea to use it as a source for learning English.

  • B K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Perhaps it is referring to an "a" with a mark above it, like an accent marking the letter like ā. I am assuming this will be in some diagram or table referring to English vowel sounds. Sometimes ā is used for the long A in words like staff, bath, path etc, etc.

    Without seeing the actual text or book it's hard to tell.

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