[Grammar] Vowel or Consonant?

Is 'w' a vowel or consonant?

  • vowel

    Votes: 1 9.1%
  • consonant

    Votes: 4 36.4%
  • both

    Votes: 6 54.5%

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mamlady

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hey guys w is a consonant latter u know ... the vowels are just a e i o u
and that's it ^^:cool:

 

Soup

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When does it function as a vowel and when as a consonant? Does it ever function as full (genuine) vowel?::-o
You're merging spelling (orthography) with pronunciation (phonetics).

The sound represented by the letter <w> has vocalic properties when it sits in the nucleus of a word, the vowel position, and consonantal properties elsewhere. For example,

We <consonant>
down <vocalic; diphthong (part of the vowel)
queen <consonantal, [kw] is a consonant cluster; cf. keen)


Are there specific words that you would like explained?
 
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