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    #1

    syllabls

    how many syllable are there in each word ?
    contamination, noxious, nature, environment, harm, safety?
    check my answers :
    harm ... just one
    noxious, nature .. two
    safety , environment .. three
    contamination.. five
    am I wrong somewhere ?

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    #2

    Re: syllabls

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    how many syllable are there in each word ?
    contamination, noxious, nature, environment, harm, safety?
    check my answers :
    harm ... just one
    noxious, nature .. two
    safety , environment .. three
    contamination.. five
    am I wrong somewhere ?
    You are not wrong, but some people would pronounce "safety" with two syllables "safe - ty".

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    #3

    Re: syllabls

    And environment gets four from me. en -vigh-ern-ment.
    Although the "vigh-ern" is pretty close to being one mushed together.
    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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    #4

    Re: syllabls

    thanks a lot !!

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    #5

    Re: syllabls

    teacher Bhaisahab you say that some people pronounce "safety " with two syllabls, is this in AmE or BrE ? because we here study the BrE^^!

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    #6

    Re: syllabls

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    teacher Bhaisahab you say that some people pronounce "safety " with two syllabls, is this in AmE or BrE ? because we here study the BrE^^!
    Well, it's definitely not British English. Safe-ty definitely only has 2 syllables in the UK.

    And I agree with the previous opinion about environment:

    En-vie-ren-ment = 4 syllables.


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    #7

    Re: syllabls

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, it's definitely not British English. Safe-ty definitely only has 2 syllables in the UK.

    And I agree with the previous opinion about environment:

    En-vie-ren-ment = 4 syllables.

    Do you normally pronounce the middle 'n' in environment? I don't normally prononce that part!

    I agree its 4 syllables though :)

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    #8

    Re: syllabls

    How do you say safety with three syllables? (We use two here as well.)
    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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    #9

    Re: syllabls

    doesn't it work for "sa-fe-ty" ?


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    #10

    Re: syllabls

    Quote Originally Posted by julianna View Post
    doesn't it work for "sa-fe-ty" ?

    no, say it naturally. Don't force spell it out.

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