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Open and closed syllables

 
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Valera



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:26 pm    Post subject: Open and closed syllables Reply with quote

Hi,
What does open and closed syllables mean?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:49 pm    Post subject: The Rule of the Open and Closed Stressed Syllable Reply with quote

Hello, Valera

Here is the Rule of the Open vs. Closed Stressed Syllable for you.

The Open Syllable is the one that ends in a vowel. This syllable, according to the rule, must be read as in the English alphabet. (But please remember that there are loads exceptions to this rule!)

a /ei/

Examples:
Cake, wake, take, famous, label, shame, radio, favour, safe, ...

o /ou/

Example:
Bone, tone, phone, home, focus, Dover, Rome, rove, abode, ...

e /i:/
Example:
Leaf, seed, fee, mere, compete, delete, deer, ...

i (y) /ai/
Example:
Die, dye, fine, rhyme, miner, quite, psyche, like, desire, admire, pride, etc.

The Closed Syllable is the one that ends in a consonant. The Closed Stressed Syllables have a special reading.

a (I cannot show the phonetic symbol here)
Example
Fat, cat, lack, barrier, nagging, badminton, lap, ...

o /short "o" sound/
Example:
Hot, pot, lock, rock, rotten, possible, doctor, wash, ...

e /e/
Example:
Set, letter, deck, intelligent, egg, sell, petty, ...

i (y) /i/
Example:
Fish, quick, tick, sick, rid, bitter, mint, twist, lip, limbs, ...

Okay, I hope this somewhat helps.

Nikita
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