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73 - one gets stressed When a weak vowel precedes a strong...

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Vowel combinations The strong vowels are  a, o,  and  e . When two strong vowels appear next to each other in a word, the  result is two separate syllables with both vowels strongly pronounced. If one of the strong vowels is  used beside a weak vowel (  i  or  u ), the resulting single syllable, called a  diphthong,  is a slur of the  two vowels with the stronger vowel the only one that is clearly heard.  If the weak vowels  i  and  u  are combined, the result is one syllable, with the first weak vowel slurred  over and the second one fully pronounced. (Remember that, in the battle of the weak vowels, the last 
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Unformatted text preview: one gets stressed.) When a weak vowel precedes a strong vowel, the weak vowel acts as a consonant. The u creates the sound of an English w; the i sounds like the consonant y . Consonants as vowels The letter y acts as a vowel only when it stands alone or when it is at the end of the word. In such instances, it is pronounced like the i in burrito . As a consonant, the Spanish y sounds just like it does in the English word “you.”...
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