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how to break a word in a syllable?

Postby tomy » Sun, 06 Apr 2008 06:28:47 -0500

I'm learning how to break word into syllables and I've been browsing online on how to do this

So I found the syllable rules, but one of the rules that I'm unclear about is this:

"vcv Rule
When a word contains a vowel consonant, and a vowel it will be divided based on the sound the first vowel makes. If the first vowel is long, divide after that vowel."

My questions about this rule is, if you have never seen a word before, how would you know if a certain vowel is long or short? If you don't know this, then you won't be able to break up the word in the right places.

for example:

for the word cabin, if you've never seen this before, how would you know whether to break it down as ca-bin or cab-in
another example: lev-er or le-ver
one more example: fev-er or fe-ver

Can anyone please help me with this? I'm searched all over but I'm only able to find the syllable rules and not any explanations


Also if anyone knows any good websites on teaching how to break a word into syllables, could you share that website too?

Any help would be appreciated, thank yoU!
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Re: how to break a word in a syllable?

Postby Syl » Mon, 07 Apr 2008 08:45:33 -0500

Hi Tomy,

You need to know the word pronunciation to be able to break it into syllables, otherwise you can't...

Here's a site I found with the rules, and they give the same example with the word "cabin".

http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/syllables.html
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Re: how to break a word in a syllable?

Postby tomy » Wed, 09 Apr 2008 01:22:31 -0500

You need to know the word pronunciation to be able to break it into syllables, otherwise you can't...


But I thought the point of breaking a word into syllables is to find out how to pronounce the word correctly. So if you've come across an unknown word and you don't know how to pronounce it, how would you figure out how to pronounce it? Wouldn't you have to break up the word into syllables?
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Re: how to break a word in a syllable?

Postby Syl » Wed, 09 Apr 2008 04:24:34 -0500

I understand your question, and my answer meant exactly what it said. There are countless references (sites or written books, articles, etc) available which explain English syllabification in terms of phonology and phonetics, but nothing will make a word become familiar when the purpose is breaking its syllables and you don't know the word.

When faced with the problem, the best thing is to go to a dictionary to check. Try these online, for example (I looked up the word cabin).

http://www.oup.com/oald-bin/web_getald7index1a.pl

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define. ... 0687&ph=on
(Click on "Show phonetics" whenever you look up a word)
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