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What is an onset?

 

Definition
 

An onset is the part of the syllable that precedes the vowel of the syllable.

Examples
 

Here are some examples of syllables divided into onsets and rimes:

 

Word

Onset

Rime

I

I

it

it

sit

s

it

spit

sp

it

split

spl

it

spoil

sp

oil

pie

p

ie


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