Our system detected that your browser is blocking advertisements on our site. Please help support Fans Focus by disabling any kind of ad blocker while browsing this site. Thank you.
Jump to content

Simple yes / no question


Recommended Posts

I hate to rain on your parade, but I havev always understood that the 'y' in words like 'crystal' and 'tryst' counts as a vowel, but the 'y' in 'your' is a consonant.


But I could be wrong.


There is, however, a tube station whose name contains six consecutive consonants.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Tom S is entirely correct in his description of the two roles of the letter 'y' in the English language:


whY - vowel

hYacinth - vowel

scYthe - vowel

Yearn - consonant

Yo-Yo - 2 x consonant

John BunYan - consonant

Link to comment
Share on other sites

WRONG! A vowel is a different type of sound to a consonant. There are more than just the five described below. In German there are 8, the three additional ones are represented using umlauts.


In English we use different letters and combinations of letters to represent these. Y is one of these.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Laz.


This one has been intriguing me. My dictionary says:


vowel: noun 1 a speech sound made without audible stopping of the breath (opposed to a consonant) 2 a letter or letters representing such a sound, as a, e, i, o, u, ee.


That clears that up then.



Link to comment
Share on other sites



Try this...


Excerpt from the book Numerology; Key To Your Inner Self.

The letter Y: Vowel or Consonant.

Note that vowels are pronounced with free-flowing breath: Aaaaaaaa; Eeeeeeee; Ooooooo; Iiiiiiiiiiiii and Uuuuuuu. Consonants, on the other hand, have a distinct beginning or end. They are sharply begun or sharply finished. For Example: B, D, K, P, S, T, X, and so on.


There is a distinction in consonants, a harder edge than the soft and flowing vowels. The vowels reveal the tender you, your love, caring , and vulnerability. Consonants reveal certain of your characteristics that, among other things, shield your more vulnerable parts. Your public personality, which is revealed by the consonants, is a fundamental aspect of who you are, but these characteristics tend to be those aspects that you willingly show the world.


The vowels are A, E, I, O, and U. All other letters are consonants, except, in some cases, the letter Y.


The letter Y is inherently vacillating in its nature and usage, and consequently is sometimes a vowel, sometimes a consonant, depending upon how it is used in the name.


When determining if the Y is a vowel or a consonant, the basic rule is this:

When the letter serves as a vowel, and in fact sounds like one, it is a vowel. The same is true when the Y serves as the only vowel in the syllable. Examples of both of these cases are such names as Lynn, Yvonne, Mary, Betty, Elly, and Bryan.


However, if the Y does not provide a separate vowel sound, as when it is coupled with another vowel, it is considered a consonant.

In names such as Maloney or Murray, the Y is a consonant, because the vowel sound depends upon the long E in Maloney and the long A in Murray.


In general, the Y is a consonant when the syllable already has a vowel. Also, the Y is considered a consonant when it is used in place of the soft J sound, such as in the name Yolanda or Yoda.

In the names Bryan and Wyatt, the Y is a vowel, because it provides the only vowel sound for the first syllable of both names. For both of these names, the letter A is part of the second syllable, and therefore does not influence the nature of the Y.


More examples:

In Sydney, the first Y is a vowel, the second Y is a consonant.


In Billy, Sylvia, Missy, Kyle, Blythe, Sylvester, and Katy, the Y is a vowel


In Kay, Yeltsin, May, and Kuykendahl, the Y is a consonant.


Next up: The letter W - vowel or consonant?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...