What is a consonant?

  • A consonant is a letter that is not A, E, I, O, or U.
    • examples:  at, man, how, phone, & school
  • The letter "Y" can be a consonant only if it does not create an A, E, I, O, or U sound.
    • examplesyes, yellow, you, & yell
  • The opposite of a consonant is a vowel.
  • Consonants are not syllables.
  • Consonants can be combined with a vowel to make a syllable.
    • exampleshe, she, it, then, & here

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Fun Fact
Fire has only 1 syllable.

Consonant Examples

All consonants are highlighted below, in red:
  • dot
  • cat
  • sitting
  • bite
  • bitten
  • mittens
  • sweet
  • love
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