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Y as a Consonant and a Vowel

Sometimes, the letter y is a consonant, and other times it is a vowel. The rule for telling the two apart is simple: The letter y is a consonant when it is the first letter of a syllable that has more than one letter. If y is anywhere else in the syllable, it is a vowel.

Examples of Y as a Consonant

  • yes
  • yam
  • yell
  • yellow
  • yogurt

Examples of Y as a Vowel

  • gym
  • my
  • cycle
  • baby
  • hairy
  • sky

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