It is taught that ending 'e' or whole syllable is silent in speech. But I've noticed that some singers kinda reserve a space for it (pause for a rhythm beat) and sometimes give it subtle or half realization. Is it my illusion, the singers' specifics, or common practice?

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No, it's common practice. Sometimes even words that don't end with e have a long "eu" sound (mostly in children's songs)

See these examples:

Nursery rhymes with frequent and strong "eu" sounds at the end of verses.

"Adult" song with "eu" sounds in the chorus. In this one the "eu" is sung in a different note than the rest of the word.

The pronounciation of final 'e' follows two rather simple rules :

  • If the final 'e' is followed by a consonant other than a mute 'h', then it must be pronounced and counts as a syllable.

  • If not, even at the end of a sentence or before some punctuation, then it is silent.

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    These rules apply in poetry (mostly), but songs often deviate from them. – Gilles Jun 10 '17 at 19:19

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