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A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; e.g., there are two syllables in water and three in inferno. --

What letters are vowels? › a, e, i, o, and u

The number of vowel sounds is the number of syllables in a word.

Divide compound words, prefixes, and suffixes from root words.  Divide between double consonants, unless the two consonants make up one sound.  Divide before a single consonant sound.  Divide before syllables containing “-le”. 

1. 2. 3. 4.

Count all the vowels in the word. Subtract silent vowels. Subtract one vowel from every dipthong. The number of vowels left is the number of syllables in a word.

football › foot/ball

beautiful › beau/ti/ful

computer › com/put/er

ball › ball

apple › ap/ple

table › ta/ble

soccer › soc/cer

Syllable Stress