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Mme Escargot 06-10-2019 07:52 AM

I find it difficult to pronounce “Avery” as two syllables — Ave/ry. I can do it isolatedly, but I have to make a concerted effort to do so.

In normal speech, it always comes out with a very slight schwa between the V and the R, which makes it 3 syllables.

TheGr8Catsby 06-09-2019 07:37 PM

Gro/cer/y because it's the place of grocers.

GraceKrispy 06-09-2019 06:18 PM

I'd have to go with however the child/ parent pronounces it.
This. I've heard it pronounced both ways. If you can't tell how it should be pronounced, just have them do both!

I don't have a preference between the two.
VivianCP 06-09-2019 06:07 PM

I had this exact same problem when we were doing syllables, but my word was grocery: groce/ry or gro/cer/y.

I lean toward the 2 syllable side but...

tia 06-09-2019 04:59 PM

well, the rule is syllable break after a hard vowel,

and that's what i'd call (and did) a student named that. but i initially thought you were talking about the stationery company and i call them Ave-ree. huh.

TheGr8Catsby 06-09-2019 04:57 PM

Yeah, I know an An-dree-uh, an On-dray-uh, and an An-dra all spelled this way. I think the last one is probably actually An-dree-uh, but her mom is just super country.
Lakeside 06-09-2019 04:55 PM

I'd say 3 unless told otherwise by the child or parent.

Haley23 06-09-2019 03:53 PM

I would assume that it had 3 syllables, but I'd ask the parent and child to say it slowly if you're having trouble hearing the difference. Or pronounce both to the parent and ask which one is correct. Kids aren't always good at correcting these things. One year, I had an "Andrea" and the first day I asked her if was pronounced Andrea (like an-dree-uh) or Andrea like (on-drey-uh) and she said the first. It wasn't until parent teacher conferences 3 months later that the parent told me it was actually the second . Why in the world the kid would tell me the wrong pronunciation, IDK. I guess she was either nervous or for some reason didn't understand the question.

TheGr8Catsby 06-09-2019 03:19 PM

In my region, it is very hard to tell which way you say it. They both sound very similar. The issue arises when you syllabicate it.

Tawaki 06-09-2019 02:41 PM

I've heard it both ways.

Boy and girl.

My default is what ever the parent wants

SassyTeach 06-09-2019 02:03 PM

I have a friend whose son has that name. She pronounces it Ave-ry, so that's how I always say it.

sevenplus 06-09-2019 01:56 PM

I'd have to go with however the child/ parent pronounces it.

I'm inclined to say it with 3 syllables but would say it with 2 if that's how Avery says it.

PrivateEyes 06-09-2019 01:23 PM

But I've never had one.

Teacherbee_4 06-09-2019 01:16 PM

I say it with 2 syllables: Ave/ry

TheGr8Catsby 06-09-2019 01:01 PM

Let's argue.

We're doing syllabication really big in my district this year, and I seem ALWAYS to have an Avery. How many syllables is it?

Is it two syllables? Ave/ry. In this case, the e is making the a long, and there's a syllable break between the v sound and the r sound.

Is it three syllables? A/ver/y. In this case, the e is part of an r-controlled vowel, and the A is an open syllable.

I'm team A/ver/y.

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