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What Is a Syllable? (with Examples)A syllable is a single segment of uninterrupted sound which is typically produced with a single pulse of air from the lungs.
A syllable is made up of one or more letters with a vowel sound at its core.
A syllable which ends in a consonant is called a closed syllable. A syllable which ends in a vowel sound is called an open syllable.
Examples of SyllablesEach new syllable will create a new vowel sound. For example:
- Mississippi (Four syllables: "Miss" + "iss" + "ipp" + "i")
- Rugged (Two syllables: "rugg" + "ed")
Pronunciation Determines How Many SyllablesSpelling is not always a good indication of how many syllables a word has. The pronunciation of a word determines the number of syllables. For example:
- screeched (one syllable)
- shrugged (one syllable)
(This is interesting because rugged has two syllables.)
- You learned a lot today. (one syllable)
- Today, you are learned gentleman. (two syllables: "learn" + "ed")