Is "y" a vowel?
Hi, today I had an argument with some of my classmates whether or not "y" is a vowel. In french class we refer "y" as a "E - Greek". That was also the place where the argument began.
Reason why I think that "y" is a vowel :
pronunciation: Hap - (eeeee)
- Anonymous3 years ago
vowels and consonants were assigned by the sound they make, when a letter is silent in a word it really doesn't matter anyway... since english is a language with more exceptions than rules, learning rules is more line guidelines than rules... y can be either a vowel or a consonant depending upon its pronunciation...
the english language uses words from numerous origins, and that changes spelling and pronunciation...
the same word in english can be pronounced differently to have a different meaning... just some examples:
alternate, attribute, axes, bass, bow, close, combine, conduct, conflict, console, content, contest, contract, convert, convict, deliberate, desert, digest, dove, excuse, house, invalid, lead, minute, moderate, object, perfect, permit, present, produce, project, read, record, recreate, refuse, relay, resume, row, separate, sow, subject, tear, wind, wound
french has its own complications as nouns have gender and need matching gender words...
there's y like funny and y like yellow, and y like cyst and crypt and y like cry and lye and y like mayor and inlay and y like yuan
and, if "y" was only a consonant, are there any words without a vowel?
cry, dry, pry, fly, fry, my, why
- PaulCypLv 73 years ago
No. The vowels are a,e,i,o and u. However there are a few words in which the actual vowels do not appear, and in these words either y or w acts as a vowel.
- capitalgentlemanLv 73 years ago
Remember the "sometimes y?" Sometimes, in English, "Y" is a vowel. At other times, it is not.
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- UserLv 53 years ago
Y is sometimes a vowel. I thought this was common knowledge.
A E I O U and sometimes Y
I used to hear this all the time as a child.
Yellow - not a vowel
Many - is a vowel
- John PLv 73 years ago
In normal English "y" is both consonant (as in "you") and vowel (as in "sky").
In other languages different rules apply.
- Anonymous3 years ago
Both y and w are "sometimes vowels" and the rest of the time consonants.
- JohnLv 63 years ago
the old rule I learned in School,.... A E I O U.....and Sometimes Y...............Never could understand how it could be " Sometimes "
- Good KarmaLv 63 years ago
- PalmerLv 63 years ago