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Syllable Words for Class 2 English

The students will get to know the definition, examples, common mistakes, and exceptions of syllable words. They will also get to know about 3 syllables word and 4 syllables word which will ultimately help them to understand the concept better.

In this learning concept, the students will learn:

  • To find out stressed syllable and unstressed syllables.
  • To identify three syllable and four syllables words.

All the concepts are explained to class 2 students along with proper examples, illustrations, and concept maps. After you go through a concept, assess your learning by solving the two printable worksheets given at the end of the page.
Download the worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions for the concept, Vocabulary provided in PDF format.

What does One Syllable Word Mean?

  • Syllables refer to one vowel sound inside a spoken word.
  • All words are made from at least one syllable.
  • Whenever there is a vowel sound, it is most of the time a, e, i, o, & u.


  • The word Fantastic has three syllables.
    Img 1_Syllable Words
  • The word Cauliflower has four syllables. When you say the word, you will hear four sounds.
    Img 2_Syllable Words

Stressed Syllable and Unstressed Syllable

  • A stressed syllable refers to the part of the word which is stressed more than the other syllables. While you say the word, some part of the word sounds longer than the other part.
  • An unstressed syllable refers to the part of the word which is said with less stress than the other syllable.

Let’s take a look at some of the examples of stressed and unstressed syllables. The underline shows the stressed syllable and the dot shows the unstressed syllable.


  • Img 3_Syllable Words
  • WALKING Img 5_Syllable Words
Img 4_Stressed Syllables

Now, let’s take a look at some of the 3-syllable words and 4-syllable words.

Three Syllable Words

Words Syllables
Athlectic Ath lec tic
Magnetic Mag ne tic
Cosmetics Cos me tic
Volcanic Vol ca nic
Punishment Pu nish ment
Maximum Ma xi mum
Capital Ca pi tal
Basketball Bas ket ball
Badminton Bad min ton

Four Syllable Words

Words Syllables
Unexpected Un ex pec ted
Independent In de pen dent
Anybody A ny bo dy
Watermelon Wa ter me lon
Motorcycle Mo tor cy cle
Dictionary Dic tio na ry
Ordinary Or di na ry
Helicopter He li cop ter
Img 5_Syllable Words Facts

Common Mistake

Do not miss the vowel (a, e, i, o, u) in a syllable. Remember, there will be at least one vowel in every syllable.


a) Bas - ket - ball
In the word, ‘Basketball’ there are 3 syllables. In the first syllable, ‘Bas’ the vowel present is a, for the second syllable ‘ket’ the vowel is e, for ‘ball’ the vowel is a.


In a syllable, where the ‘e’ is silent, it is not counted as a vowel in a syllable.


a) Love
the word, ‘. Love’ the letter ‘e’ is silent. So, the ‘e’ will not be counted as a vowel.

Img 6_Syllable Words Chart
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