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Ju

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I know what is syllable.

- the word with 'one syllable'
eg. cow, boy, grill

- the word with 'two syllables'
eg, before, lucky, damage

Question

a. how about story (I found it was catagorised as 2 syllables in a textbook.)

b. how about special, birthday, after, especially

let me guess:

  1. s to ry - 3 syllables
  2. s t ories - 3 syllables
  3. s pe cial - 3 syllables
  4. birth day - 2 syllables
  5. af ter - 2 syllables
  6. es pe cial ly - 4 syllables

c. What is the guideline to determine the number of syllables for a word?


Thank you.
 

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I know what is syllable.

- the word with 'one syllable'
eg. cow, boy, grill

- the word with 'two syllables'
eg, before, lucky, damage

Question

a. how about story (I found it was catagorised as 2 syllables in a textbook.)

b. how about special, birthday, after, especially

let me guess:

  1. s to ry - 3 syllables
  2. s t ories - 3 syllables
  3. s pe cial - 3 syllables
  4. birth day - 2 syllables
  5. af ter - 2 syllables
  6. es pe cial ly - 4 syllables

c. What is the guideline to determine the number of syllables for a word?


Thank you.

"St" at the start of "story" is one sound. "Story" has only two syllables: sto-ry
The same is true of "stories": sto-ries
"Sp" follows the same rule: spe-cial

You are correct with 4, 5 and 6.
 
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