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10-12 Syllable Rules


Syllable Rules 10-12

That’s why we’re here to help in our fourth episode, which covers rules ten, eleven, and twelve. Today we’re talking all about words that end in -le, which makes them super easy to locate!


by Brendan Bense

April 13, 2019

Welcome to our last episode on syllable rules, where FactSumo breaks down each and every rule for, well, breaking down syllables! Syllables are easy to sound out loud, but a little more difficult to write. That’s why we’re here to help in our fourth episode, which covers rules ten, eleven, and twelve. Today we’re talking all about words that end in -le, which makes them super easy to locate! These mini-posts go into a bit of detail concerning the rules, so there’s no confusion for you or your students!

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What’s so great about the -le rules is how easy they are to spot. Don’t worry right off the bat about consonants, vowels, or pairings. Just know that if you have a word with -le, you’ll likely use one of these rules!

Rule ten is particularly interesting because it involves a four-letter combination that we haven’t seen before. If a word ends in -ckle, simple divide before the -le. Thus, the syllable will always end as ck-le. Can you think of any words that end in -ckle? Knuckle is a good word to start with! Let’s use the rule above, shall we? This is a two-syllable word, so we just have to follow rule ten and divide right before the -le at the end: knuck-le. That’s all there is to it. Another way to think of it is just to divide -ckle in half when you are finding the syllables.


Rules eleven and twelve deal with -le words that are NOT -ckle. That is an important distinction, because the way you break up these words is slightly different than rule ten. For rule eleven, if a word ends in a consonant + -le, then divide right before that consonant. So the new ending becomes -(consonant)le. A good example would be the word table. This is not a -ckle word, but a -ble word. Since b is a consonant, let’s follow rule eleven. The syllable text becomes: ta-ble.


What happens if the word ends in a vowel + -le instead of a consonant + -le? Well, it’s even easier! You actually don’t have to divide anything. The ending remainds -(vowel)le. A good example here would be tale. We don’t have to change a thing because the ending of this word is -ale. Let’s try a word that isn’t one syllable, such as female. If you remember back to rule eight, since the long vowel e is smushed together by two consonants, divide right before the consonant. Now we have: fe-male. And since, according to rule twelve, the word ends in a vowel (a) + -le, we are all done! Fe-male. The same works for the word infantile. Divide the prefix (rule six), divide between the two consonants in the middle (n and t), as they are next to each other (rule two), and do nothing to the ending (rule twelve): in-fan-tile. It may feel like the process happens very quickly, and in time you will learn to do these without breaking a sweat! The more you practice, the better you become.

Rules ten, eleven, and twelve are the last in our episode series, and we hope you enjoyed the journey through syllables as much as we did! If you’re feeling confident about these rules, that’s awesome! You can try out our deck on syllables now that you’ve read through our handy guides.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to look at the other guides, check them out now! And if you’re still feeling uneasy about the rules above, that’s okay! We here at FactSumo firmly believe in confidence through practice. We have many amazing decks and guides to offer, from phonics to sentence structure to grammar! Whatever skill you’re looking to master, get confident with FactSumo.