Syllables: vowel and consonant patterns
The normal rule is: Every syllable must have a vowel.
Sometimes the vowel sound is spelled with just one letter:
Sometimes the vowel sound is spelled with more than one letter:
||There are a few words which
break this rule.
|Sometimes the letter m on the end of
a word forms a syllable on its own:
||Most rock music has strong
||A chasm is a wide gap.
||A spasm is a sudden,
|These words all have the suffix -ism which
has two syllables. It can mean an action, a system, a principle, a
||Ageism: bias against
||Alcoholism: an addiction
||Buddhism: the beliefs
||Time for some trivia - if
it helps you win a huge prize in a quiz show, let me know!
(Click the question mark above for the answers.)
1. What is the shortest two-syllable English word?
2. What is the longest one-syllable English word?
3. What is the shortest word containing all 5 vowels?
4. Name a word containing all vowels in alphabetical order.
This completes Unit 8, Syllables and Vowel Patterns.