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How to identify the syllables of an English word?

I tried to find the formal rule or the formal algorithm on how should I identify whether the word has a closed syllable or an open syllable, but I was unsuccessful. I thought that to understand which ...
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Which syllable does a consonant belong to?

I understand each syllable contains one vowel sound, but don't understand whether a consonant is with its preceding vowel or its following vowel. For example, monosyllabic has 5 syllables according to ...
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Syllabification in a game targeted to children

I've created an app that helps children learn how to read using syllables. An image is shown on the screen, and the user has to choose the correct syllables (mixed with other random syllables) to ...
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Is it "When the wicked" or "devil a wicked" in "Rivers of Babylon: Boney M"?

I am studying English with the song "Rivers of Babylon: Boney M". I can't hear well the "When the wicked" part. It sounds like "devil a wicked" to me, but the text is &...
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moist [mɔɪst] vs moisten [ˈmɔɪsn]

oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: moist /mɔɪst/ As we see, there is not an accent in the transcription. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: moisten /ˈmɔɪsn/ As we see, there is an accent in the ...
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Hyphenate “communicating”: communi-cating or communic-ating?

The online hyphenator https://www.ushuaia.pl/hyphen/?ln=en provides different hyphenations of the word communicating depending on the variant of English: according to that program (which needn't be ...
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How to syllabify a word? Is it as per pronunciation or any other rules?

Is the word critical syllabified as cri-ti- cal or crit -i- cal. Where does the t exactly come? kindly clarify.
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Syllable stress of plural form of begonias

I am currently studying syllable stress. When I look at the word begonia we can split it into 3 syllables with the stress on 'go'. E.g bih-gohn-yuh. However, the plural form of the word gives me 4 ...
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Why is “Dunerider” 4 syllables instead of 3 syllables?

According to https://www.howmanysyllables.com/, “dune” and “rider” are 1 syllable and 2 syllables respectively, but “Dunerider” is 4 syllables. I don't understand. The first word of a close compound ...
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A better parody of “traitors, Rattlesnakes and alligators” [closed]

The song "Union Dixie" (the very opposite of "Dixie") sings: "Away down South in the land of traitors, rattlesnakes and alligators. Right away! Come away! Right away! Come ...
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How to make syllable structure and sonority graph of "twelfths" and "grudged"?

I have an exam this week and I don't even know how to make syllable structure and sonority graph of the following words: grudged and twelfths. I was infected by COVID-19 and have not attended my ...
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Counting syllables in English words

How many syllables are there in the words "castle" and "seven"? I realize that my question looks silly, but I can't understand why the words with the mute E, like "castle", have 2 syllables as this ...
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Is there any difference between the two prononciations, /ˈter-ə-bəl/ and /ˈte-rə-bəl/, showed in the picture? [duplicate]

For the word terrible, there are two different ways to pronounce it on Merriam-Webster: ter·​ri·​ble | \ ˈter-ə-bəl, ˈte-rə- \ And this question has been confusing me for a very long time. When the ...
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Why are the syllables in "elephant" divided in two different ways?

When I'm using Merriam-Webster dictionary to confirm the pronunciation and I found out that the syllables divided in the word and its phonetic are different. For example, elephant, and experience. ...
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How to count syllables

I heard, from a Korean educational radio, “Pay attention ‘camera’ is pronounced with two syllables.” I guess it means that the word was pronounced as not /ˈkӕmərə / but /ˈkӕ-m-rə /. Do you not count ...
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