diphthongs - How many syllables are there in the word "fire"?

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2014-07
  • tzenes

    We were making up Haiku, and there was some disagreement about the number of syllables in "fire." Now granted Haiku isn't technically about syllables (see on), so technically it was a meaningless discussion.

    However, I still do not know how many syllables are in "fire."

    I understand an r-colored vowel might be at play.

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  • vemv

    Understanding its accenting rules (though they've changed to worse very recently), it's quite rare to not know how is a given written word is stressed in Spanish.

    In French or Italian, the tonic syllable is always the last one, so issues should be infrequent as well (can't assure it though).

    English has no one of either assets so as a non-native speaker, it seems very likely to me that there are differences between social or regional groups in this regard.

    Is this true or not really?


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