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Can you name the Countries that start and end with a Vowel (Y is not included)?
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Dec 14th, 2009 at 01:32 GMT
guys tell me if there is any mistakes. thx. :]
Dec 14th, 2009 at 01:37 GMT
United states of America?
Dec 14th, 2009 at 02:36 GMT
Dec 14th, 2009 at 03:04 GMT
Doh! United States popped into my head and I thought "states ends in s" and didn't try it. @Oedipus: Italy ends in y; the rules state that y's are not included.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 05:58 GMT
Oh boy, another chance to have the "Y counts as a vowel/No it doesn't" argument! Hooray!
Dec 14th, 2009 at 07:58 GMT
I think this particular quiz works better with Y as a vowel. The only countries you gain are Italy and Uruguay, which both make sense (as opposed to something like Yemen, which wouldn't if it happened to end in a vowel as well). I'm not gonna argue about whether or not you should generally count Y as a vowel, because that way lies madness. ;)
Dec 14th, 2009 at 15:16 GMT
I think Italy and Uruguay should be bonus answers. It's a good compromise. Funny, I tried both of them while I was taking the quiz, yet not United States of America, where I live. Thank Sporcle, for putting Equatorial Guinea in my mind before my homeland.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 19:13 GMT
To his/her credit b4ustar made it very clear that "Y" was not being included. Those are the clearly-stated rules of his/her quiz, and those who don't like it shouldn't play. So I won't argue about what constitutes a vowel and what doesn't. I just want to point out how interesting it is that Ukraine, which doesn't end in a vowel sound, is included on the quiz by virtue of ending in a silent "e", while Italy and Uruguay, both of which begin and end in vowel sounds, are omitted by virtue of the exclusion of "y". Again, not a criticism, just an interesting observation.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 19:29 GMT
This was tougher than I expected. Blasted Antigua and Barbuda kept me from a perfect score.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 21:36 GMT
For Dilbert fans "Elbonia" should be a bonus answer.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 21:41 GMT
According to English grammar and phonetics, if the "y" has the /j/ sound as in "yellow" then it's a consonant. If it has an /i/ sound as in "Italy" or "Uruguay" then it is a vowel. It's really not a matter of opinion, that's just how the English language is.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 21:44 GMT
@dan ... give it a rest this has been argued over and over and we are all pretty much tired of it.
Dec 14th, 2009 at 23:50 GMT
I liked this quiz a lot... feel stupid for trying UAE though. I wonder: if Sao Tome declared independence, would 'And Principe' become an answer? :)
Dec 15th, 2009 at 01:17 GMT
You forgot Africa. (I joke.)
Dec 15th, 2009 at 01:18 GMT
Y is a vowel in this context. There is literally no room for argument. Please don't ignore the basic rules of English. All you have to do is, in the game note, remind folks that Y is a vowel when it's not in the onset. Again, there is no room for debate, it's as much a fact as George Washington being the first US president is a fact. A quiz about presidents with an addendum that Washington isn't a president would be just as silly as this quiz is.
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Dec 16th, 2009 at 02:28 GMT
china, colombia, romania, canada, belize? you need to get your countries straight.
Dec 16th, 2009 at 20:25 GMT
how did i not get usa????
Dec 17th, 2009 at 19:15 GMT
Equatorial Guinea-ownage once again.
Dec 20th, 2009 at 01:10 GMT
Dec 20th, 2009 at 17:48 GMT
I have been a proponent of the "y is sometimes a consonant and sometimes a vowel, depending on how it sounds" side of the "y" debate. But I think it's interesting that "y" is the only letter that gets that treatment. If we decide on the vowel/consonant status of "y" based on how it sounds, shouldn't we do the same for other letters? If the "y" in Yemen is a consonant because of how it sounds, shouldn't the "u" in United States be considered a consonant too, since it starts with the exact same sound? For that matter, why should the "e" in Ukraine be considered a vowel just because it's an "e" when it's completely silent? Even though it sounds like I'm advocating for one side or the other, I'm really not. I'm just pointing out an interesting inconsistency.
Jul 13th, 2011 at 05:01 GMT
I agree, the U in united states is not a vowel, and neither is the e at the end of ukraine. Blame phonetics
May 11th, 2013 at 01:59 GMT
okay people! It doesn't matter if y is a vowel or not, it's just not included in this quiz. seriously, give it a rest! if you want it to be included, go make your own quiz.
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