The Term 'Vowel' in the Rules of Combination
The term 'vowel' in this instance refers to the the vowel letters of writing system and includes Ñ, À, and £, e.g. ÇÏ×ÏÒÉ+ÑÔ > ÇÏ×ÏÒÑÔ even though these letters denote sounds identical with Á, Õ and Ï occurring after soft consonants.
There are two basic types of Russian vowels relevant to the rules of verb formation: the 'front' vowels, É and Å, pronounced in the front of the mouth, and the 'back' vowels, Á Ï Õ, pronounced in the back part of the mouth.
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