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    Dark & Light L

    Hi everyone, I understand that if the L sound comes after a vowel or dipthongit is a dark sound and if the L sound is before a vowel or dipthong in a syllable, it will be a light L sound. But what about the word "allow" are both Ls dark or are they both light or is the first one light and the second L dark?

    Can anyone help me please?

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    Am I correct to say that it's not two letters, but the one sound that I should be thinking about? So "allow" is dark L.
    Last edited by Anne59; 04-Nov-2015 at 07:55.

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    Re: Dark & Light L

    The 'l' sound in allow​ is a single phoneme. For most native speakers, it's a clear/light /l/. the syllable division is after 'a'.

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    Re: Dark & Light L

    'Allow' has two syllables, /əˈlaʊ/, so the L is clear (or light) as it is the first sound of the second syllable.

    Edit: Cross-posted with Piscean. We seem to be in agreement.

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