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ESL forum > Techniques and methods in Language Teaching > MONOSYLLABIC LEXICAL ITEMS    



Hey there everyone. What would your answer be to the question below?I am a little confused and I need some explanations from you my dear colleagues and especially from native speakers of English. Thank you all in advance.
Whch of the following lexical items is not monosyllabic?
A) scraunched
B) squirreled
C) stretcher 
D) snapped
E) esteem 

14 Apr 2015      

United Kingdom

B) squirreled (it �s 2 - squirr - eled.
C) stretcher
E) esteem.

14 Apr 2015     


syllable, a definition:
 a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; for example, there are two syllables in water and three in inferno
snap 1 syllable -> snapped still 1 syllable (you had a consonant /t/ but no vowel)
same for live - lived

14 Apr 2015     

United States

In some dialects and in connected speech, B.) squirreled would be one syllable - "squirled". Otherwise, I agree with cunliffe.

14 Apr 2015