I’m curious about an item in the 1916 manual:
“At the end of many words, ted, ded, and sometimes ed, may be expressed by t being placed beneath or close to the preceding character.” (section 53) The examples given are
invited n-v-i / t
divided dv-i / t
demanded dm-a-n / t
printed pr-e-nt / t
What I’m wondering is why the last item isn’t pr-e-n / t, and is thus an example of “sometimes ed.” Thinking that the outline of the root verb might be a clue, I looked in a dictionary (unfortunately Anni, as I don’t have a dict. for Pre) and found invite as n-v-i, and demand and dm-a-n, but divide is dv-i-d, so the added decoupled t seems to be taking away the d from the main outline in that case, leaving me still uncertain about the case of pr-e-nt / t.
What is the operating rule here? And / Or … is there a precise rule, or is this one of those occasional places where we pass the outer limits of systemic exactitude, and into the land of the Free and the Brave?