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Linking Vowel to Vowel

When one word ends with a vowel sound and the next word begins with a vowel sound, we link the words with a sort of Y or W sound. It depends on the shape of our mouth at the end of the first word.

Lips wide

o o
|
β€”

When the first word ends in an a, e, i vowel sound [ eΙͺ / i: / aΙͺ ], our lips are wide. Then we insert a Y sound at the beginning of the next word:

we write first
word
ends
with
we say
pay all /eΙͺ/ payyall
the end /i:/ theyend
lie on /aΙͺ/ lieyon
write They all buy at the arcade.
say theyyall buyyat theyarcade

Here are some more examples of word pairs that are linked with Y.

  • lay out, may I, say it
  • he ate, she is, we are
  • high up, my arm, why ever

Lips round

o o
|
o

When the first word ends in an o, u vowel sound [ Ι™ΚŠ / u: ], our lips are round. Then we insert a W sound at the beginning of the next word:

we write first
word
ends
with
we say
go out /Ι™ΚŠ/ gowout
too often /u:/ toowoften
write You all go out too often.
say youwall gowout toowoften

Here are some more examples of word pairs that are linked with W.

  • no other, show off, grow up
  • you are, too often, throw it