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[11] He will also inquire why it is that there are two vowels which may be repeated, while a consonant can only be followed and modified by a different consonant.1 But i can follow i (for coniicit is derived from iacit2): so too does u, witness the modern spelling of seruus and uulgus. He should also know that Cicero preferred to write aiio and Maaiiam with a double i; in that case one [p. 69] of them is consonantalised.

1 The two vowels are i and u. A consonant cannot be duplicated within one syllable.

2 The derivation is mentioned to show that two i's, not one, are found in the second syllable of coniicit.

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