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what exactly would monosyllabic words and polysyllabic words be? Google definition isn't helping to understand...

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What exactly is throwing you? Other than just repeating the definition (monosyllabic = made up of one syllable, polysyllabic = made up of multiple syllables), I'm not sure what to tell you. – Dusty May 5 '11 at 20:00

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Mono means "one", poly means "many". So monosyllabic words have one syllable (e.g. "is", "it", "a", "cow", "through"), whereas polysyllabic words have multiple syllables (e.g. "falcon", "syllable", "throughout").

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Examples chosen at random. – Matthew Read May 5 '11 at 20:01
I was wandering how dip you know the Greek Language, because I see that you're approach this Language from a very good point of view – Lefteris Gkinis May 10 '11 at 15:54
@Lefteris I've just always been interested in language, especially the Greek and Latin influences on words. I notice the relationships pretty easily, but I haven't really studied it or anything. – Matthew Read May 10 '11 at 17:17
I'm tremendously impressed from your interest, because the Greek Language is the only (I thing) Language which gives you the opportunity to play with words and meanings, play like a game, it's really interesting. – Lefteris Gkinis May 10 '11 at 18:08

Monosyllabic is polysyllabic. Polysyllabic is polysyllabic. Is is monosyllabic.

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As if the poor OP weren't confused enough already. – JSBձոգչ May 5 '11 at 20:35
  • Monosyllabic words have exactly one syllable.

  • Polysyllabic words have more than one syllable.

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