At the end of the word flower we have triphthong. So should it be considered a monosyllabic word?

  • Depends on who's speaking it. – Hot Licks Mar 14 '15 at 2:53
  • Perhaps you meant "triphthon". If so, "flower" does not contain a triphthon, as it has only two vowels ("o " and "e ") which are separated by a consonant ("w"). "Flour" is monosyllabic; "flower" is about a syllable and a half. – Brian Hitchcock Mar 14 '15 at 10:21
  • No, it is not a triphthong! – tchrist Mar 14 '15 at 15:10
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    @Brian: most English speakers pronounce flour and flower exactly the same. They used to be the same word. They should have the same number of syllables. – Peter Shor Mar 14 '15 at 15:24
  • @PeterShor He’s confusing sounds with writing; no profit in that. – tchrist Mar 14 '15 at 17:22

The pronunciation depends on your dialect. Flower is usually pronounced as two syllables, but it can be pronounced as a monosyllable, for example, in the lyrics to some songs, in order to fit them melody.

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