Consonant and Vowel Joining

Listen to the following sentence. How are the words joined when you see _ between words?

What_a good_idea.
The final consonant sounds move to the next syllable.

When do consonants and vowels join?

  • Final consonants can move to the next syllable if the following syllable starts with a vowel.
  • Final ‘r’ sounds, which are usually silent in British English, are pronounced when the next word begins with a vowel.
  • Silent vowels at the end of words have no effect on the rule e.g. ‘One_and two’.


Listen and repeat the sentences paying attention to the joining:



Find examples of consonant and vowel joining in the following examples:

A. Who ate all our oranges? B. Take it out of your ear! C. As far a field as Alaska. D. There aren’t a lot of answers. E. What’s it all about? F. Hang on a minute. G. Not enough of a good thing. H. Consonants and vowels are often linked. I. Can I have a cup of tea? J. A number of actors are coming.

A. Who ate_all_our_oranges?
B. Take_it_out_of your_ear!
C. As far_a field_as_Alaska.
D. There_aren’t_a lot_of_answers.
E. What’s_it_all_about?
F. Hang_on_a minute.
G. Not_enough_of_a good thing.
H. Consonants_and vowels_are_often linked.
I. Can_I have_a cup_of tea?
J. A number_of_actors_are coming.