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Yes, of course. When you want to emphasize a single syllable of a word, it's fine. I'd show you, but the SE UI doesn't allow it. –  Robusto Sep 26 '12 at 16:05
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@Robusto ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐ž๐ซ. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ –  tchrist Sep 26 '12 at 16:12
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@Robusto this time, probably the first time in ELU story, you are wrong! SE UI does allow the tag 'em' cojoined with other letters. Please, see my edit version. Haha. –  user19148 Sep 26 '12 at 16:24
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@Carlo_R. I think Robusto meant in his comment. –  Daniel Sep 26 '12 at 16:53
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As in manโ€™s inโ€Šhumanity to man? –  Mฮตฯ„ฮฌEd Sep 26 '12 at 17:13

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Yes, this is perfectly fine. For example.

Jack thinks it is impossibly difficult, but I think it only implausibly so.

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I edited your answer to show the font style (with 'em' and 'strong' tags.) 'b' and 'i' tags do not function in cases like this. –  user19148 Sep 26 '12 at 16:31
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@Carlo_R. 'b' and 'i' are perfectly fine and, indeed, still included in the HTML5 spec. If your UA can't cope with valid tags, that's another matter entirely. –  Andrew Leach Sep 26 '12 at 16:54
    
@Andrew I'm not saying that 'b' and 'i' are not valid tags, but only that SE UI does not allow them in conjunction with other letters, as it is demonstrated by the fact that your edited version of the question does not show 'in' in italic fonts. At this pourpose you should write <em>in</em>homogeneous, not <i>in</i>homgeneous as you have done. –  user19148 Sep 26 '12 at 17:55
    
Because it worked for me. The syllable in was in italics. –  Andrew Leach Sep 26 '12 at 17:59

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