I am re-reading chapter 0.0, alphabet and pronunciation, and I have a question about short and long vowels. The guidelines explain that usually a vowel followed by one consonant is long and by two consonants is short. My question is what happens when two words (or syllables) are joined, or the verb form changes so that now the vowel is followed by two consonants instead of one. For example, the verb [color=blue:1qncmzqt]"holen": [/color:1qncmzqt]is the "o" long in ich[color=darkblue:1qncmzqt] hole[/color:1qncmzqt], but short in ich [color=darkblue:1qncmzqt]holte[/color:1qncmzqt] (I assume this is the imperfect.)? Also when one sticks "[color=darkblue:1qncmzqt]vor"[/color:1qncmzqt] in front of a word, like "[color=darkblue:1qncmzqt]Vor[/color:1qncmzqt]mittag" is the "[color=darkblue:1qncmzqt]vor"[/color:1qncmzqt] now pronounced with a short "o"?
Many thanks for your help.