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How many syllables and phonemes are present in the word "thought"?



A. Two syllables and three phonemes
B. One syllable and three phonemes
C. Three syllables and six phonemes
D. Two syllables and three phonemes

This question is part of Generalist EC-6 191 (Practice Test 1)
Asked by Falmendarez, Last updated: Feb 14, 2020

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T. Moore

Have keen interest in writing, traveller by heart.

T. Moore, Writer, MA, Washington

Answered Nov 27, 2018

There is only one syllable in the word 'thought' but there are three phonemes, th, ough, and t. children are now taught phonemes at school but many, understandably, find it very difficult on meeting a new word to 'sound out' phonemes that then do not make a word sound they can recognise.

This is because of the irregularity of our language, unlike, say, Spanish, where sounding out phonemes would almost always result in the expected sound. Each of our phonemes holds a high risk of being portrayed differently in our spelling. Learning phonemes is very different for children learning than the seventies style of 'look and say' which relied on a child's visual memory for success.

 

abrozy

Abrozy

Answered Jan 11, 2018

This answer is not correct the correct answer is 1 syllable (thot) and 3 phonemes (th/ough/ t)the question needs to be changed or removed not helpful at all.

 

falmendarez

Falmendarez

Answered Dec 03, 2017

Three syllables and six phonemes

The word thought is a long word, even though it is monosyllabic. It has three phonemes. The word contains two consonant diagraphs, th and ght, and a vowel digraph, ou, representing one sound each for a total of three sounds. Competency 001
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