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    #1

    short-livedness (syllables)

    How many syllables are there in the word short-livedness? I have consulted several dictionaries, but cannot find its pronunciation.
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    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    If I was reading aloud and came across that, I would probably use 4 syllables.

    Then I would stop and say, "I don't think that's a word."

    Maybe there's a reason you didn't find it in any of the dictionaries you consulted. Where did you find it? Please share the context.

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    #3

    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    Merriam-Webster seems to think it is a word:

    Definition of SHORT-LIVEDNESS

    : the quality or state of being short-lived

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    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    I would also use four syllables.

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    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Then I would stop and say, "I don't think that's a word."
    Maybe there's a reason you didn't find it in any of the dictionaries you consulted. Where did you find it? Please share the context.
    I found the word in the online dictionary below, but I could not find its pronunciation there. Neither could I find its pronunciation in the dictionaries I consulted.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/short-lived?s=t
    Last edited by sitifan; 30-Sep-2015 at 08:00.
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    #6

    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    My guess is the four syllables would be: short - live (with long i as in alive) - ed - ness.

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    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    I would give it three syllables. "Short-lived" has only two syllables so adding "ness" would make it three.

    Short-liv'd-ness.

    If I found it in some very old-fashioned writing, in which "-ed" was frequently pronounced as a syllable in its own right, I might give it four syllables - short-live-ed-ness.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    I've found this:
    http://www.howmanysyllables.com/howtocountsyllables
    (I don't know how accurate it is, though.)

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    #9

    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    I found another one, but I am not a teacher.
    www.syllablecount.com/syllables/

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    Re: short-livedness (syllables)

    How many syllables in shortlivedness? Four syllables.

    http://www.howmanysyllables.com/wordprocessor
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