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English - S2 Homework (Advanced) Syllables

S2 English homework. Exercise 7.


Copy the following note into your jotter.


Syllables are the blocks of sound in a word. E.g. helpful has two syllables à help/ful. We can tell how many syllables there are in words by saying them slowly. Each syllable must have at least one vowel sound (a, e, i, o, u or y) in it.


Each syllable in a word is like a beat and this becomes especially important when writing poetry as it adds to the rhythm. Some styles of poetry have rules where there must be the same amount of syllables in each line.

Words with only one syllable are called monosyllabic . An example is bang.

Words with more than one syllable are called polysyllabic . An example is ex/ter/min/ate.


Task: Copy out the following words. Write down the number of syllables in each.

1. dictionary      2. even      3. hospital     4. heaven

5. remember     6. tennis    7. information     8. photograph


Show the syllable breaks in the following words.


1. pattern     2. furniture     3. peculiar     4.eager

5. disappointed     6. ladder     7. painting     8. stereo

Write down the monosyllabic words in the following list.

queer, infant, door, pie, duck, child, lamp, handle, vase, frame.



Mrs D. Thomson