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A The Three-Letter rule
Structure words have less than three letters; content words can be any length, from three letters upwards (but must not have less than three letters):
so:sew/sow to:two/too we:wee oh:owe by:bye/buy no:know an:Ann I:eye/aye in:inn be:bee or:ore/oar/awe
B. The TH Rule
In structure words, the initial <th> spelling corresponds to //, ‘this’ and ‘they’; in content words, initial <th> corresponds to / / as in ‘thesis’ and ‘Thelma’.
the:therapy than:thank thou:thousand this:thistle thy:thigh though:thought that:thatch those:thong them:thematic
C. The Titles Rule
titles of books, films etc, content words usually start with capital
letters, structure words with lower case.
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop
The Handbook of Bilingualism
Strangers on a Train
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
I Wish I could Shimmy like my Sister Kate