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Linking Consonant to Vowel

When a word ends in a consonant sound, we often move the consonant sound to the beginning of the next word if it starts with a vowel sound.

For example, in the phrase turn off...

we write it like this: turn off
we say it like this: tur-noff

Remember that it's the sound that matters.

In the next example sentence, have ends with...

  • the letter e (which is a vowel)
  • but the sound v (which is a consonant)

So we link the ending consonant sound of have to the beginning vowel sound of the next word a.

And in fact we have four consonant to vowel links in this sentence:

We write it like this: Can I have a bit of egg?
We say it like this: ca-ni-ha-va-bi-to-vegg?