We all know that the letter 'y' is sometimes a vowel,

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  1. toknowinfo profile image89
    toknowinfoposted 6 years ago

    We all know that the letter 'y' is sometimes a vowel,

    but if you had to choose between one or the other, would you choose it to be a vowel or a consonant?

  2. baygirl33 profile image59
    baygirl33posted 6 years ago

    Don't know.
    We have grammar rules.Y is mostly a consonant at the beginning of a word and a vowel at the end.
    That's easy isn't it? Why would we have to choose?

    1. toknowinfo profile image89
      toknowinfoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It is more or less a joke to see what way  people think the letter y sounds to them. This is not a serious question.

  3. John Sarkis profile image84
    John Sarkisposted 6 years ago

    The letter "y" is a vowel.  In fact, in Spanish we refer to it as "the Greek I."  I think people play with the "y" quite a bit, but it's a vowel.  Subsequently, many medical terms originated from the Greeks, and the "y" is oftentimes used in many polysyllabic terms, e.g., urology, cardiology, nephrology, etc - you'd be okay if you decided to use the "I" instead (urologi, cardiologi, nephrologi), but if you did this professors would most likely call you out on it....

    1. toknowinfo profile image89
      toknowinfoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for such an interesting and intellectual explanation.

  4. IDONO profile image81
    IDONOposted 5 years ago

    I have nothing to add to the other answers, but interestingly, in elementary school, 50 years ago, (don't laugh) we were taught that there were instances that "W" was also used as a vowel. I don't remember when and how, but maybe one of the other people here would know.

    1. toknowinfo profile image89
      toknowinfoposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That is interesting. I had never heard that but it would make sense since W is double U. Thanks for adding that.

 
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