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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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