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    Hi there,
    How to say '-fully' or '-fully' as '...fly? 'u' is silent?

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    Re: -ful

    None of the areas where I have lived would say, for example, "Cheerfully" as "cheerfly."
    -fully has two syllables.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: -ful

    I have very rarely heard 'cheerfully' pronounced with only two syllables, though I have commonly heard it pronounced in BrE with a very weak schwa (/ə/) between /f/ and /l/,

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    Re: -ful

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Hi there,
    How to say '-fully' or '-fully' as '...fly? 'u' is silent?

    Tks
    simon
    Not, the 'u' isn't silent. It's a schwa, as mentioned above.

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    Re: -ful

    The “u” in “-ful” as a suffix to form an adjective or “-fully” to form an adverb is rarely silent, as most of us concurred in responding. It usually takes the short vowel sound “¯” (as in “foot” or “put”). It may also take the weak vowel sound, the schwa “c” (as in “about” or “circus”). This weak form, however does not happen in words when “ful-“ or “fully-“ becomes the prefix (as in “full-color” or “fully-clad”).

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