In the very first exercise, which involves division in to syllables, the answer key shows eius divided as ei-us.
Why not e-ius? Isn't i consonantal here?
Between consonant i and a preceding a, e, o or u, an i was developed as a transient sound, thus producing a diphthong ai , ei , etc., before the consonant i. In such cases but one i was written: as, âiō (for † ai-iō ), mâius (for † mai-ius ), pêius (for † pei-ius ).
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