I wonder how to divide words such as 'assumption' at the end of line, when a consonant (in this case 'p') in the middle of the word is silent (/əˈsʌmʃən/).

Which syllable (and line) does the "p" belong to?

assump- tion


assum- ption

My guess is that the first division looks better because 'tion' is a common suffix itself, but am not sure?


When in doubt, find a dictionary that lists syllables.


as‧sump‧tion /əˈsʌmpʃən/

This pronunciation claims the p is not silent.

  • What if a one-syllable word comes in plural? Can I split like this: ditch- es? I'm asking, because I've heard that there should be at least three letters in the second line after the split? – shogun Mar 4 '20 at 18:53
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    "Rules" like that 3 letter thing will be part of your style guide, so consult it. – GEdgar Mar 5 '20 at 0:17
  • Last example and question. Merriam-Webster suggest man-i-fest. Which split do you think looks (and reads) better when the word becomes an adjective and one additional syllable appears: man-i-fest-ed or man-i-fes-ted? – shogun Mar 6 '20 at 17:35
  • Similarly, re·​con·​struct - should split into re·​con·​struct·​ed or re·​con·struc·t​ed? – shogun Mar 6 '20 at 21:49

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