A parent writes:
"Hello Mr. Michael, I am confused on the word 'power' in this exercise. (Second sentence: 'But as many as received him, to them gave he Power...') The rules say to divide the syllables. On this word, I have divided it 'po-wer' according to the first Spelling Rule. Yet, when i checked it the lesson says it is divided 'pow-er.' I do not understand this."
This is an important question because it shows us the importance of being able to identify diphthongs. We learn in Grammar that:
"A diphthong is the union of two vowels, pronounced in one syllable, as oi in oil, ou in out."
Thus, though we see two vowels written, if they are a dipthong, they must be treated as one vowel and, therefore, can never be divided when making syllables.
Therefore, the word POWER is divided as POW-ER because OW is a diphthong.
Mr. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy