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    1-syllable adjectives

    "Nice" and "wise" are 1-syllable adjectives. We can use -er /=est e.g nicer, wiser.

    My kid asked me why the said words are not 2-syllable adjectives (ni/ce. wi/se) Could anybody help, please?

    Thanks.

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    "Nice" and "wise" are 1-syllable adjectives. We can use -er /=est e.g nicer, wiser.

    My kid asked me why the said words are not 2-syllable adjectives (ni/ce. wi/se) Could anybody help, please?

    Thanks.
    Because we say them with one syllable.

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    The "e" is silent. It instructs us to pronounce the other vowel as a long vowel.

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Because we say them with one syllable.
    Thanks bhai

    If we pronouce "nice" as "ni/ce, it seems that it has 2 syllables. Of course I know I'm wrong. Could you further explain it, please?

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks bhai

    If we pronouce "nice" as "ni/ce, it seems that it has 2 syllables. Of course I know I'm wrong. Could you further explain it, please?
    Nice | Define Nice at Dictionary.com

    Any dictionary shows you that this word has one syllable.

    Some non-native speakers have difficulty with certain English pronunciations and tack on another syllable, but this is incorrect.

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The "e" is silent. It instructs us to pronounce the other vowel as a long vowel.
    Thanks SoothingDave

    I don't understand. Could you further explain it, please?

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Silent e - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    kit = short i
    kite = long i

    cod = short o
    code = long o

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks SoothingDave

    I don't understand. Could you further explain it, please?
    In general, a single syllable contains one vowel sound (though this one sound is sometimes created by more than one vowel). "Wise" and "nice" have one vowel sound (the "e" is not pronounced) and, therefore, one syllable.

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In general, a single syllable contains one vowel sound (though this one sound is sometimes created by more than one vowel). "Wise" and "nice" have one vowel sound (the "e" is not pronounced) and, therefore, one syllable.
    There are a couple of ways to count syllables as follows:

    1. Count the vowel sounds
    2. Clap your hands
    3. Children's: Syllables - YouTube
    4. How to count syllables

    Which of the above methods should be used by kids for the purpose of learning "How To Make Comparative and SuperlativeAdjectives" .
    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: 1-syllable adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    There are a couple of ways to count syllables as follows:

    1. Count the vowel sounds
    2. Clap your hands
    3. Children's: Syllables - YouTube
    4. How to count syllables

    Which of the above methods should be used by kids for the purpose of learning "How To Make Comparative and SuperlativeAdjectives" .
    Thanks for your help.
    I would use a combination of whatever works. Obviously pronouncing the words (correctly) is a good beginning. Paying attention to the number of distinct vowel sounds and noticing the slight pause or change in pitch between syllables will be very helpful.

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