While I was trying to match the number of syllables in my poem, I could not be sure how many syllables these sentences below have.

Count the nights and days spent together in spite
Count the nights 'n' days spent together in spite

Do these both have 11 syllables? I think the second one has 10 syllables. Am I wrong?


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    How do you pronounce "nights'n'days"? If the middle 'n' is distinguishable, it's a syllable. – Andrew Leach Nov 24 '14 at 10:23
  • the "n" I think would be phonetically transcribed with a schwa and would therefore be syllabic. – Martin Nov 24 '14 at 11:09
  • Nights ’n’ days is just like Days ’n’ nights, the latter of which rhymes with raison bites, which clearly has three syllables, and so too must then they all. – tchrist Nov 24 '14 at 13:35
  • See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syllabic_consonant – Mitch Nov 24 '14 at 13:37
  • n is a syllable, it's simply emphasized less than the full word and. – Barmar Nov 24 '14 at 20:57

Nights 'n' days has three syllables. It is not a spondee.


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