posted by eric .
the letters elementary are placed in a bag. one letter is randomly selected from the bag. what is the probability the letter selected is a consonant?
The word "elementary" has 4 vowels and 6 consonants
so prob(consonant) = 6/10 = 3/5
(I counted y as a consonant, perhaps an English teacher could confirm if this is correct)
Yes, in that word, "y" is serving as a vowel. Each syllable needs a vowel, so ...
el - e - men - ta - ry
Five vowel instances, right?