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Syllabication Rules

Rule #1
Every syllable has one vowel sound.
Rule #2
The number of vowel sounds in a word equals the number of syllables.
HOE ! 1 S"# . $E%T ! 2 &"# . '(SH . ()* ! +
Rule #+
, one syllable word is never divided.
STO& -EET #E''
Rule #.
%onsonant blends and di/ra0hs are never se0arated.
REST . ()* #"SH . E' RE,%H . ()*
Rule #1
2hen a word has a ck or an x in it3 the word is usually divided after the ck or x.
)(%4 . E' T,5 . (
Rule #6
, com0ound word is divided between the two words that ma7e the com0ound word.
() . S(8E -OOT . #,'' TOOTH . #R"SH
Rule #9
2hen two or more consonants come between two vowels in a word3 it is usually divided between
the first two consonants.
S(S . TER #"T . TER H") . *R:
Rule #;
2hen a sin/le consonant comes between two vowels in a word3 it is usually divided after the
consonant if the vowel is short.
'E< . ER %,# . () H,# . (T
Rule #=
2hen a sin/le consonant comes between two vowels in a word3 it is usually divided before the
consonant if the vowel is long.
#, . S() -E . <ER , . $OR
Rule #1>
2hen two vowels come to/ether in a word3 and are sounded se0arately3 divide the word between
the two vowels.
R, . 8( . O 8( . E' ( . 8E . ,
Rule #11
2hen a vowel is sounded alone in a word3 it forms a syllable itself.
*R,8 . " . ,TE , . &RO) " . )(T
Rule #12
, word that has a 0refi? is divided between the root word and the 0refi?.
8(S . %O")T (S . -(T ") . T(E
Rule #1+
2hen be, de, ex and re are at the beginning of a word3 they ma7e a syllable of their own.
#E . %,E 8E . -E)8 E5 . H,'E RE . ,()
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Rule #1.
a word that has a suffi? is divided between the root word and the suffi?.
4()8 . )ESS TH,)4 . -"' ST"-- . ()*
Rule #11
2hen a word ends in le, preceded by a consonant3 the word is divided before that consonant.
&"R . &'E -" . #'E (8 . 8'E
Rule #16
2hen Aed comes at the end of a word3 it forms a syllable only when preceded by d or t.
ST,RT . E8 -")8 . E8
Rule #19
2hen a word or syllable ends in al or el3 these letters usually form the last syllable.
'E< . E' "S . " . ,'
Rule #1;
2hen a ture and tion are at the end of a word3 they ma7e their own syllable.
'O . T(O) &OS . T"RE
Rule #1=
, word should be divided between syllables at the end of a line. The hy0hen BAC stays with the
syllable at the end of the line.
#y the time they decided to /o to the su0ermarA
7et3 it was already dar7.

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