Unit 1.1

Hiatus

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Introduction

Hiatus is the opposite of diphthong.

In the English language there are 3 different hiatus.

Form

Hiatus is usually composed like it follows: vowel + pause + vowel + consonant.

Below you can read the phonetic transcription of hiatus:

  1. oo
  2. eo
  3. ea

Example

  1. cooperate
  2. geology
  3. reality

Use

Hiatus are words that contain two vowels, they are not pronounced together as one sound, but each vowel is pronounced separately. To make the separation we make a small pause as there is no consonant in between them.

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