One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A syllable ending in a consonant.
- ‘Usually one occurs in a few specific places (closed syllables, say) and the other occurs everywhere else (open ones).’
- ‘It works if one chooses the Latin, French, or Italian language, since German is much more difficult because of its many closed syllables and consonant clusters.’
- ‘In final closed syllables, long u is usually shown by 'magic' e: amuse, flute, fume, huge, prelude, puce, puke, pure, refute, rude, rule, ruse, tube, tune.’
- ‘When stressed, the short vowels only occur in closed syllables.’
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