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What are some of the shortest words in the English language?

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The shortest written words in the English language are "I" and "a." The shortest spoken words in English are any single-sound words, including "I" and "a," as well as words such as "eye," "ah," "eh" or "oh."

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"I" and "a" are the only one-letter words in English. Numerous two-letter words exists, including "to," "it," "by" and "my."

The shortest two-syllable word in English is the borrowed Greek word "Io," which refers to a goddess as well as one of the moons of Jupiter. Another two-letter, two-syllable word that may be considered part of the English language is the Hawaiian word "aa," which refers to a specific type of lava.

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