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Examples of this are: stem, trek, strain, trench, talc, and rest. Despite having more consonants, these are still monosyllabic words because they only have one vowel sound. As we said above, the consonants in a syllable are in fact optional; syllables can exist without them. Monosyllabic words with no final consonants include pay, tie, and flow; monosyllabic words with no initial consonant include: eat, own, aim and in. Eye, a and owe are monosyllabic words without either initial or final consonants.

It should also be noted that in many non-standard varieties of English, it is quite normal to use the same form for both adjectives and adverbs, as in drive careful, or run quick. For more information on the grammar of English dialects, you could look at Real English by James Milroy and Lesley Milroy (1993). Not all types of word class can be manipulated in this way, however, and in the following section, we will describe the different types of word classes, and what writers can do with them, in more detail.

To pronounce it with three, you would elide the last two vowels—that is, reduce them to one sound: /m l d s/. A complication to the rule of counting vowels are words like sudden and kettle, which have syllabic consonants. We treat /n/ and /l/ in these contexts as if they are syllables in their own right, as discussed above. 5 How many syllables do the following words have? cupboard mirror cat walls table strewn admirable elevator persuasive honeysuckle inadvisable gladiator oregano blushed zv2 9 Rhymes are not restricted to monosyllabic words, or to the final syllables of polysyllabic words.

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