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Divide before the consonant before an "-le" syllable.


When you have a word that has the old-style spelling in which the "-le" sounds like "-el", divide before the consonant before the "-le". For example: "a/ble", "fum/ble", "rub/ble" "mum/ble" and "thi/stle". The only exception to this are "ckle" words like "tick/le".

Consonant-le Syllables: In these syllables, a consonant is followed by le. The vowel sound in these syllables is the schwa sound that occurs before the l. Examples include -ble, -cle, -dle, -fle, and -gle.

The consonant-le pattern is typically the second syllable of a two syllable word. It is always the last syllable in the word (although suffixes can be added to it). It has only three letters: a consonant, then -le. The first two letters make a sound like a consonant blend. The final e is always silent. Letter e has five different jobs in our language. In this pattern e serves as the vowel in the syllable, because every syllable has to have a vowel. But remember, it is always silent.

Words with -le Words ending in -le  Word Work Ideas
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