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Beginning with the motivation of the contrasts under scrutiny, some of them can be related, as has already been pointed out, to the ablaut pattern of the corresponding strong verbs, thus A1R /ae/ ~ /a/ stael (preterite singular of stelan) ~ stalu; A4a /e/ ~ /i/ cweden (past participle of cwedan) ~ cwide; A5 /o/ ~ /y/ brocen (past participle of brecan) ~ bryce; A6 /u/ ~ /y/ burston (preterite plural of berstan) ~ byrst; A7 /a/ ~ /ae/ draf (preterite singular of drifan) ~ draef and A9 /ea/ ~ /ie/ hleat (preterite singular of hleotan) ~ hliet.