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    Syllabication

    Help please.
    I have checked syllabication rules all over: internet, dictionaries of different kinds, only to find that they differ. For some, one-syllable words may be split into two. In other cases, a suffix is not viewed as such. "Ed" endings are also a problem.
    Does anyone know of a website for me to find "reliable" information?
    Thank you.

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    Re: Syllabication

    Quote Originally Posted by penderyn View Post
    Help please.
    I have checked syllabication rules all over: internet, dictionaries of different kinds, only to find that they differ. For some, one-syllable words may be split into two. In other cases, a suffix is not viewed as such. "Ed" endings are also a problem.
    Does anyone know of a website for me to find "reliable" information?
    Thank you.
    I'm not sure how these differences are occurring. A word has a definite number of syllables and this does not vary!

    If a suffix is part of a word, and it's pronounced as a separate syllable, then it's a separate syllable!

    -ed will be counted as a syllable if it ends a word where the last sound is "t" or "d".

    Wanted - 2 syllables.
    Added - 2 syllables.
    Hissed - 1 syllable.
    Shared - 1 syllable.

    Pre-order - 3 syllables.
    Undo - 2 syllables.
    Refit - 2 syllables.

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    Re: Syllabication

    Thank you.Very kind of you.
    Look: as I said, I have checked Merriam-Webster website, and Longman and Oxford (paper) dictionaries and found differences.
    Still -with due respect- it is not my intention to start a controversy. I just hope that someone has found what I'm looking for.
    Once again, thank you for the trouble to answer my query.
    I'm sure there will be another chance for us to have a fruitful exchange.
    Best regards.
    "Penderyn".

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    Re: Syllabication

    Quote Originally Posted by penderyn View Post
    Thank you.Very kind of you.
    Look: as I said, I have checked Merriam-Webster website, and Longman and Oxford (paper) dictionaries and found differences.
    Still -with due respect- it is not my intention to start a controversy. I just hope that someone has found what I'm looking for.
    Once again, thank you for the trouble to answer my query.
    I'm sure there will be another chance for us to have a fruitful exchange.
    Best regards.
    "Penderyn".
    I'm very interested in these differences though. Can you post a specific example of a word which is shown as having a different number of syllables depending on which dictionary you look in?

    A syllable must contain a vowel. It may or may not contain a consonant.

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    Re: Syllabication

    Dear Forum,
    Among other cases, I have found the following:
    a. Oxford Advanced Dictionary - battle.
    b. Longman Contemporary - bat-tle.
    c. merriam-webster website: bat-tle.

    I also found
    re-al-ize
    vo-cal-ize
    and then,
    civ-i-lize
    mo-bi-lize

    odor vs o-dor

    The more I read different websites and dictionaries, the more confused I get.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Syllabication

    Quote Originally Posted by penderyn View Post
    Dear Forum,
    Among other cases, I have found the following:
    a. Oxford Advanced Dictionary - battle. This one I can't understand at all. There is no way that the word "battle" can be described as having only one syllable!
    b. Longman Contemporary - bat-tle.
    c. merriam-webster website: bat-tle.

    I also found
    re-al-ize
    vo-cal-ize
    and then,
    civ-i-lize
    mo-bi-lize

    The four above are all fine, although most people would pronounce "realise" with just two syllables, but the last three certainly have three syllables.

    odor vs o-dor

    Again, like the first one, "odour" (BrE spelling) always has two syllables.

    The more I read different websites and dictionaries, the more confused I get.
    Thank you.
    All I can say really, is that perhaps when written down, some of the dictionaries are perhaps not writing them syllabically. What you need to do is say the word out loud and count the syllables! As I said in my previous post, each syllable must have a vowel and may have a consonant. Sometimes, if there are two vowels next to each other, then they may fall in the same syllable.

    Real = 1 syllable
    Realistic = 4 syllables
    Tool = 1 syllable
    Toolkit = 2 syllables

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    Re: Syllabication

    Thanks again. Very kind of you.
    Best regards.

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