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    Syllables

    Could someone please help me split these words into syllables?

    area
    special
    raised

    Thanks.
    Julie.

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    Re: Syllables

    Hi Julie,
    Most dictionary entries do this for you. Take a look and let us know if what you find confuses you.
    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: Syllables

    Most dictionaries will give you how to divide words into syllables.

    Here's an example

    Area | Define Area at Dictionary.com

    In brackets you will find how to pronounce area and right next to it on the left you'll find its syllables.

    Hope this works for you

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    Re: Syllables

    I found that particular word breakdown rather interesting. If asked, I would break down "area" into:

    air-ree-uh

    I realise there aren't two "R"s in it, but I feel that the first syllable simply sounds like the word "air" in BrE (not with the AmE pronounced R), then the second syllable sounds with the R sound.

    Is it just me?

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    Re: Syllables

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If asked, I would break down "area" into: air-ree-uh
    I agree, though I'd write it rather differently. For me it's a-re-a, /ˈeə-rɪ-ə/
    Last edited by 5jj; 31-Jan-2012 at 22:13. Reason: missing apostrophe stealthily inserted

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