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Is the letter "Y" a vowel or a consonant?

  1. jimmythejock profile image87
    jimmythejockposted 5 years ago

    Is the letter "Y" a vowel or a consonant?

    I got This question wrong in a quiz. How many vowels in the word Shy a1, b2 c0 d4, the answer was a I picked c

  2. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 5 years ago

    There are only 5 vowels - a, e, i, o, u.  I would go for c,  the letter 'y' can be used as a vowel, although it isn't a vowel.  I believe it has a special name, but I can't remember.
    Try -- http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/is- … -consonant

    1. Aficionada profile image88
      Aficionadaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Is "semivowel" the special name you were looking for?

      In terms of the multiple-choice question, in this instance the correct answer is A.

  3. SidKemp profile image95
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    There are different ways of counting. As a letter of the alphabet, Y is a consonant. However, as a sound, the letter "y" can represent either a consonant (as in "yell") or a vowel (as in "shy"). So "y" is a vowel when it sounds like a vowel.

  4. hi friend profile image61
    hi friendposted 5 years ago

    It may be usually represent as a consonant, however in certain occassions it may represent as a vowel. for eg;- Yeast.

  5. Alistair Olver profile image69
    Alistair Olverposted 5 years ago

    The answer is C. There are only 5 vowels in the english language: a, e, i, o, u.

  6. Thek1ngsway profile image77
    Thek1ngswayposted 5 years ago

    It is a vowel more often than it is a  consonant ill tell you that wink