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ALPHABET : Letters : Vowels : What are Consonants? : Pronunciation : Words and Syllables

The English Alphabet—
Words and Syllables

Words and SyllablesA Syllable is a sound, or a combination of sounds, uttered by a single impulse of the voice: it may have one or more letters; as, a, bad, bad-ness.

A Word is either a syllable or a combination of syllables; as, not, notion.

A word of one syllable is called a Monosyllable; as, man.

A word of two syllables is called a Dissyllable; as, manly.

A word of three syllables is called a Trisyllable; as, manliness. Words of more than three syllables are called Polysyllables.

Accent is a stress of voice placed upon some one syllable more than the others. Every word composed of two or more syllables has one of them accented. This accent is denoted by a mark (') at the end of the accented syllable; as,mid'night, aban'don.

A Primitive Word is one which is not derived from any other word; as, man, great, full.

A Derivative Word is one which is formed from some other word by adding something to it; as, manful, greatness, fully.

A Simple Word is one which is not composed of more than one word; as, kind, man, stand, ink.

A Compound Word is one that is composed of two or more simple words; as, inkstand, text-book

Spelling is naming or writing the letters of a word.

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ALPHABET : Letters : Vowels : What are Consonants? : Pronunciation : Words and Syllables