Rule #1 & Rule #2: Consonants partner-up
with a short or a long vowel.
They comprise a
#1, Rule #2 and Rule #3:
SHORT STORY: If a consonant with its short or long vowel sees an adjacent sequoun they feel sorry for the sequoun -- because it is all by itself.
So what do they do? They let the sequoun join in to become one
family -- as one syllable.