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    11. Double-letter contractions bb, cc, dd, ff, and gg and the Contraction ea

    1. Are subject to the general rules for the use of contractions and to the rules for lower-sign contractions.
    2. May be used only between letters and/or contractions within a word. May never begin or end a word.

      ru(bb)(ed) g(gg)s ea(ch)
      sni(ff)s m(ea)n ea(st)
      tea cuff add

    3. May not overlap a major syllable division, but may overlap a minor syllable division if this does not obscure recognition of the word.

      dumbbell a(ff)ect wiseacre
      di(gg)(er) readju(st) oc(ea)n
      a(cc)ept cr(ea)te p(er)mea(ble)
      h(ea)dress id(ea)s a(gg)regate
      a(dd)ress mileage efface

    4. May never be in contact with the apostrophe or the hyphen.

      diff'r(en)t ebb-tide a(dd)(ed).
      (sh)(er)iff's cuff-l(in)k add-
      s(ou)'ea(st) cr(ea)te sea-isl(and)
      e(gg)plant egg-