Why syllables in A-mer-i-ca divided this way, and not like A-me-ri-ca?
- RPLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
One reason may be that the "i" is pronounced like the "i" in "it" and this form of syllabification ensures it is not pronounced like "ee" as in free.
- D50Lv 62 months ago
I would syllabize it the second way. Shouldn't an Italian word by syllabized in the Italian way?
- blankLv 52 months ago
Ready to go "super old school"??
Once taught to break any word into syllabic subcomponents by putting the back of your hand just under your chin: as you say the word, every time your chin hits your hand - a new syllable starts. This works for me every time (but then again, so does an abacus).
- bluebellbkkLv 72 months ago
In fact, the general rule is that a syllable should start with a consonant, if possible. So I would write:
A - me - ri - ca.
But if I were showing how to PRONOUNCE it, I'd type:
Ah - MEH - rick - ah.
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- NickLv 72 months ago
the second should be right in Italian, Usa has different rules
- Anonymous2 months ago
All languages are based on sound. To the native ear, it's A mer i ca. To a second language, it sounds different.
- 2 months ago
Because that’s not how syllables work. There’s not really a better answer than that.