This pronunciation guide has been developed and approved by the USAN Council, and was revised at the USAN Council meeting, July 14, 2006, to facilitate pronunciation of USAN and will be used on all future Statements of Adoption.

Syllables

Syllable designations are based upon phonetic considerations. A prime mark (′) follows the primary accent syllable; a double prime mark (″) follows any secondary accent syllable. All syllables are separated by a blank space. No diacritical marks are used.

Sounds and spelling

Short vowel sounds receive no special designations in any syllable.

Vowels, long-spelling designations in all syllables except the last syllable unless indicated otherwise:

Sounds and spelling

Spelling designations in the last syllable: The vowels a, i and o assume long vowel sounds by the addition of an e at the end of the syllable.

Short vowel sounds receive no special designation in any syllable.

Short vowel sounds

Digraphs

Consonant sounds and examples

 

This pronunciation guide has been developed and approved by the USAN Council, and was revised at the USAN Council meeting, July 14, 2006, to facilitate pronunciation of USAN and will be used on all future Statements of Adoption.

Syllables

Syllable designations are based upon phonetic considerations. A prime mark (′) follows the primary accent syllable; a double prime mark (″) follows any secondary accent syllable. All syllables are separated by a blank space. No diacritical marks are used.

Sounds and spelling

Short vowel sounds receive no special designations in any syllable.

Vowels, long-spelling designations in all syllables except the last syllable unless indicated otherwise:

Sounds and spelling

Spelling designations in the last syllable: The vowels a, i and o assume long vowel sounds by the addition of an e at the end of the syllable.

Short vowel sounds receive no special designation in any syllable.

Short vowel sounds

Digraphs

Consonant sounds and examples

 

Sounds and spelling

a

ay

(may)

e

ee

(lee) same in last syllable also

i

eye

when by itself as a syllable

ye

when in conjunction with a consonant: lye

o

oh

(when by itself as a syllable)

oe

(when in conjunction with a consonant: toe)

u

ue

(cue, cure) same in last syllable also

y

ee

(oxytocin, ox ee toe' sin)

eye

(kanamycin, kan a mye' sin)

Short vowel sounds

- rate

- bite

- toe

Digraphs

ah

father

aw

paw

oi

oil

oo

food

ou

ought

ow

out

oy

oil

ch

child

ng

sing

sh

shot

th

thought

wh

when

Consonant sounds and examples

b

bed

c

citrate (si′ trate)

carbon (kar′ bon)

d

dog

f

flew

g

gore

digital (di′ ji tal)

l

low

m

my

n

no

p

pit

q

queen (kween)

r

rot

s

sing

t

taught

v

vote

x

ox

xanthines (zan′ theens)

y

yes

z

zinc (zink)

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