Does Sapphire have 2 or 3 syllables

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Does Sapphire have 2 or 3 syllables

epiphanyjayne epiphanyjayne
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37  (67%)
Total votes: 55
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09/03/2012
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ellieprobable ellieprobable
Each vowel sound is a syllable.
09/03/2012
Mwar Mwar
Fire is two, it's pronounced "Saff-fire" The last syllable is soft and not as pronounced, but present.
09/03/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Quote:
Originally posted by Mwar
Fire is two, it's pronounced "Saff-fire" The last syllable is soft and not as pronounced, but present.
Exactly, it's 3
09/03/2012
js250 js250
I have clients that own the Sapphire mine up the road from my house--and yes, I have raw gravel and sapphires I have found myself, I love doing that-- they told me it is pronounced--sa-fi-re. Three syllables.
09/03/2012
Kdlips Kdlips
it have 3
09/03/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Mwar
Fire is two, it's pronounced "Saff-fire" The last syllable is soft and not as pronounced, but present.
That's right!
09/03/2012
ksparkles16 ksparkles16
I think you have your answer! 3 lol
09/03/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Mwar
Fire is two, it's pronounced "Saff-fire" The last syllable is soft and not as pronounced, but present.
Yeah, I'm not understanding how this is three.

Sah-fire
09/03/2012
epiphanyjayne epiphanyjayne
I ask because my Mom tells me it's 2 but I'm sure it's 3. I just had to get some other opinions. Thanks so far to all your posts.
09/03/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
3 I do believe
09/03/2012
Sammi Sammi
It can have either 2 or 3 - it all depends on how you pronounce it, which probably depends on where you're from.
09/03/2012
SecretKinksters SecretKinksters
3...the way I say it.
09/03/2012
deltalima deltalima
Quote:
Originally posted by epiphanyjayne
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I believe 3.
09/03/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
I say it with 3 syllables.
09/04/2012
indiglo indiglo
Technically, it's 2 syllables. That's because generally speaking, "syllable" refers to the actual number of distinct vowel sounds in a word. Vowel sounds are what to count when you're counting syllables, and silent e's on the ends of words don't count as syllables. Sapphire has only 2 distinct/pronounced vowels in it:

Sapph (or Sa) is one syllable, ire (or pphire) is one syllable. Hence, sapphire has 2 syllables.

(Take for example the word "fire". It only has 1 distinct vowel sound, so it's 1 syllable. That same logic applies to the "fire" sound in sapphire.)

You can try looking it up in a dictionary too, most have the phonetic spelling of words, AND divide them into syllables for you too.

/boring-ness
09/04/2012
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
Never thought about it before, but I would say three. But indiglo makes a good point.
09/04/2012
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
Technically, it's 2 syllables. That's because generally speaking, "syllable" refers to the actual number of distinct vowel sounds in a word. Vowel sounds are what to count when you're counting syllables, and silent e's on ...
A silent e isn't a vowel sound. Orthography and phonology are two different things. Also, some syllables don't have vowel sounds.

Fire has two syllables: The first syllable is f + the dipthong aI. The second syllable is schwa + r.

Contrast the pronunciation of fire with those of fine and file. The latter two words have one syllable. Some dialects of English will have fire as a monosyllablic [faIr] as if it were spoken with a drawl but most won't.
09/04/2012
epiphanyjayne epiphanyjayne
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
A silent e isn't a vowel sound. Orthography and phonology are two different things. Also, some syllables don't have vowel sounds.

Fire has two syllables: The first syllable is f + the dipthong aI. The second syllable is schwa + ...
That makes so much sense to me, thanks for the links as well.
09/04/2012
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by dv8
A silent e isn't a vowel sound. Orthography and phonology are two different things. Also, some syllables don't have vowel sounds.

Fire has two syllables: The first syllable is f + the dipthong aI. The second syllable is schwa + ...
File can have 2 as well, though: fiy-ull .

It's an interesting thing, how people pronounce words
09/04/2012
Kenneth Fort Kenneth Fort
seven.
09/29/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
I actually had to stop to think about this one because the second and third syllables run together.
09/29/2012
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I'm going to have to go with 2. I can't possibly try to say the word "fire" by itself as a 2 syllable word without feeling extremely silly.
12/03/2012
Martiniman Martiniman
Two
12/03/2012
Marie Hanna Marie Hanna
three for me
12/31/2012
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
link
12/31/2012
Bleu Bleu
3 to me. I have been sitting here trying to say it with two and it seems impossible.
12/31/2012
MasqueVivi MasqueVivi
How.. how are you even saying it with three syllables? A syllable is each jaw flap, not each consonant/vowel pairing regardless of silent letters. This is English, not Japanese. Anyway, "pphire" is pronounced like "fire" is it not? I pronounce it "SAH-FYR" which is two syllables.
12/31/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I just used a syllable tool on the net and it says it has two syllables.
12/31/2012
dv8 dv8
Quote:
Originally posted by MasqueVivi
How.. how are you even saying it with three syllables? A syllable is each jaw flap, not each consonant/vowel pairing regardless of silent letters. This is English, not Japanese. Anyway, "pphire" is pronounced like "fire" is it ...
Some people (not me) pronounce fire with two syllables: fy + er
12/31/2012
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