Syllables
The word 'machine' has how many syllables?

Syllables

Syllabification is the division of words into syllables: a syllable is an element of a word that normally contains one or more isolated vowel sounds, for example: 'syllable' has 3 syllables 'syl-la-ble'.

Unless you are going to study languages when you leave school, you will rarely need to know how many syllables are in a word in everyday life. However, it is a fun subject to learn - you could test your parents or friends by thinking of, say, 5 words and asking them how many syllables each word has. Choose some words with lots of syllables and some with only one. An easy way to help you with this quiz is firstly to say the word out loud, and then to count on your fingers how many times the vowel sound changes. You should get full marks if not on your first go, then on your second!

The subject of syllabification is quite complicated; however, this 11-plus English quiz should give you an idea of how to syllabify words.

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  1. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Dustbin
    dust-bin
  2. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Revolutionary
    rev-o-lu-tion-ar-y
  3. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Machine
    ma-chine
  4. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Vowel
    vow-el
  5. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Religion
    re-li-gion
  6. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Conversation
    con-ver-sa-tion
  7. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Accident
    ac-ci-dent
  8. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Determination
    de-ter-mi-na-tion
  9. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Madam
    ma-dam
  10. Determine the number of syllables in the word below.
    Studying
    stu-dy-ing: 'y' has a vowel sound

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