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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?

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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)

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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?

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5/10=3/5

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