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Syllables
In order to write certain types of poetry, you need to know how many syllables are in a word.

Syllables

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on syllables. Syllables are helpful in the pronunciation of a word. In order to write certain types of poetry, such as a haiku, ballad, sonnet or limerick, you need to know how many syllables are in a word. It can be helpful to think in terms of how many beats a word has. You can try tapping a finger while you say the word. 'Syllable', for example, has three beats, or syllables.

Many words have only one syllable, but some have 5 or more. We even have one question in this quiz where the amount of syllables are in double figures!

Take your time and say the words out loud to help. See if you can get full marks in this quiz.

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1.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious
Ten
Twelve
Fourteen
Sixteen
Su/per/cal/li/fra/gi/lis/tic/ex/pi/a/li/do/cious = 14 syllables! What a mouthful Mary Poppins' invented word is!
2.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Strength
One
Two
Three
Four
Strength = one syllable.
3.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Absolutely
Three
Four
Five
Six
Ab/so/lute/ly = four syllables.
4.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Avocado
One
Two
Three
Four
A/vo/ca/do = four syllables.
5.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Excitedly
Two
Three
Four
Five
Ex/cit/ed/ly = four syllables.
6.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Heavily
One
Two
Three
Four
Heav/i/ly = three syllables.
7.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Friendliness
Two
Three
Four
Five
Friend/li/ness = three syllables.
8.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Pronunciation
Three
Four
Five
Six
Pro/nun/ci/a/tion = five syllables.
9.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Microorganism
Three
Four
Five
Six
Mi/cro/or/ga/nis/m = six syllables.
10.
How many syllables are in this word? Choose the correct number.
Displaced
Two
Three
Four
Five
Dis/placed = two syllables.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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