Unit 1.1

Hiatus

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Introduction

Hiatus are the opposite of diphthongs: words containing two consecutive vowels that are pronounced in two different syllables. There are three different hiatus in English.

 

Form

Hiatus are usually composed with the structure: consonant + vowel + pause + vowel + consonant.

The pause is used to represent that the vowels belong to different syllables.

The three hiatus in English are:

  • oo
  • eo
  • ea

Example

  • cooperate
  • geology
  • reality

Use

Hiatus are used to define the pronunciation of a word.

Exercises

External link to Hiatus exercises (1207).



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