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 :

Happ(y)

pronunciation: Hap - (eeeee)

regards Dehlen.

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  • Anonymous
    3 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

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  • M.
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    In English, "y" can be a consonant or a vowel.

    In French, "y" is named "i grec" and is a vowel. Pronounced: ee greck

    http://www.languageguide.org/french/alphabet/

    Source(s): Been there
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  • 3 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.

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  • 3 years ago

    Remember the "sometimes y?" Sometimes, in English, "Y" is a vowel. At other times, it is not.

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  • User
    Lv 5
    3 years ago

    Y is sometimes a vowel. I thought this was common knowledge.

    The vowels:

    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 P
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    In normal English "y" is both consonant (as in "you") and vowel (as in "sky").

    In other languages different rules apply.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Both y and w are "sometimes vowels" and the rest of the time consonants.

    • User
      Lv 5
      3 years agoReport

      w kinda sorta maybe sure, but not really

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  • John
    Lv 6
    3 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 "

  • 3 years ago

    i guess

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  • Palmer
    Lv 6
    3 years ago

    i guess

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