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Questions tagged [letters-of-the-alphabet]

This tag is for questions about the letters of the alphabet.

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Is a group of letters a sentence? [closed]

Is a group of letters a sentence? I am wondering if a group of a bunch of letters, Is a Sentence? Thank you!
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Latin letters VS English letters

How do you likely to say for non-English speaker to use letters from the English alphabet (e.g. to write down something or to create a nickname)? Do you say use Latin letters or English letters?
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Why is R “ar” instead of “er”?

In the names of letters, the e is predominant: ef, em, el, es. Why is R different? Why ar instead of er?
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Is it “Zee” or “Zed”? [duplicate]

When is "z" pronounced "zee" and when "zed"? From what I found out "zee" is AmE and "zed" is BrE. And in abbreviations the letter is always pronounced "zee" like in LZ (landing zone).
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Letter “s” in a shape of a sail

Sometimes in archaic books and in different scrolls, books and texts in old games I meet the letter "s" resembling a sail (Wikipedia article here calls it the cursive form). Is it still used in ...
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A question about using articles before a single letter in the alphabet [duplicate]

I want to brush up my English and I just started to read some Grammar books. When I read the section about how to use an article before a single letter, it says that we have to use "a" or "an" ...
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How to say that a word has many the same letters?

How to say that a word has many the same letters? For example in the word "carrot" I should say: two "R"s. or two r letters.
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Lowercase/capital Greek letters written in English

Consider two examples: Gamma function written as Γ(n); gamma-butyrolactone written as γ-butyrolactone. Is there a rule which says how the lowercase and capital Greek letters must be reflected when ...
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C as “c” in all abbreviations or acronyms

Does letter "c" read as [c] in all abbreviations or acronyms? BBC - company [k] PC - computer [k] RC - compiler [k] Are there any abbreviations or acronyms where the letter C doesn't read as [c]?
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How to explain the pronunciations of brother and breakfast

My nephew is 4 and start reading a lot in English,his mother language is not English., he asked me why the “o” in the word brother is “∧" not "⊃" sorry I can't find how to type the letters, and ...
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Why does 'g' sometimes read as 'j'?

Most words with 'g' read as 'g' Geek Goose Goods Goal But sometimes 'g' reads as 'j' Gymnastics Genesis Genius Genetic And in the middle of a sentence, compare: Log Logistics Or Frag Fragile
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How is “X” pronounced in English?

The letter x can sound (most often) like [gz] and [ks]: [gz] in words like exam, exactly. [ks] in word like extra, hexagon, etc. I have found that x is pronounced [gz] whenever it’s in or before the ...
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What is the name of the sign used in English words derived from French words?

Consider: cliché = a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. blasé = unimpressed with or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so ...
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Differences between pronouncing the 'G' and 'J' in US/British English

I'm currently pronouncing: g as /dgi/ j as /djay/ I'm not sure if this is the American or Britisch way to pronounce it. If it depends on the choice of words, I was just singing the alphabet. ...
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What is the difference between a letter and a character?

Can anyone tell me the difference between a letter and a character in the English language ? What I found so far: letter is the basic unit of alphabet and character is a symbol. Is there any ...
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What is it? I have 3S or I have 3Ss

If we have 3 'A' passes in an exam, We often say "I have 3As". But If we have 3 'S' passes, how to express it? I mean, is it correct to say "I have 3Ss" If it's correct to say "I have 3Ss", how to ...
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Why does the i in naïve have two dots?

I have observed that the word naïve is written with two dots on the i. Why is this? Is it correct to write the word with a single dot, as in naive? Are there any other English words with such two ...
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“Difference Between Times in Hours For Writing Letters”

What is the difference between '8:00 o'clock' and saying only '8' in writing letters? When we can use the first one and when we can use the second one?
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The order of letters in the English alphabet

On what logical basis are the English letters in the alphabet (a, b, c, ... x, y, z serially arranged? Is there a pattern in the occurrence of vowels (a, e, i, o, and u)? Is the sequence they follow ...
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As what do you read this letter?

As what do you read the first letter in the picture above? Is it a Greek or an English?
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The pronunciation of the article “a”?

The word "a" has two pronunciations: (aa) when the mouth is widely opened and (ei) when the mouth is not wide open. I just want to know the difference between them. People have asked questions like ...
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when typing a local musical instrument

Geomungo is a Korean musical instrument. When I type this word, do I have to use capital G, or small g as in guitar? For the instrument is used in quite a small area and has not that popularity like ...
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How to identify the correct pronunciation for letter “g” before “i” or “e”

It's really confusing when to be sure if the letter g is to be pronounced like giraffe or like girl. Both are followed by i. So how can we know the difference? On the other hand, we have gender and ...
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How to identify the sound of an “A” without altering the spelling of the word?

I have the word "Carr" (short for the name Carrie). Is there a way to write the 'a' so that a person reading the word 'Carr' would pronounce it like care ('kær), opposed to pronouncing it like car (...
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What is the use of letter “Q” instead we can spell using letter “C” or “K”

This morning my son asked me the following question that I was unable to answer: What is the point of the letter Q? Why can't we just always use C or K instead? For example, "Question" sounds ...
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How can I tell whether “c” should be pronounced like “s” or like “k”?

How can I tell whether "c" should be pronounced "s" or "k"? I always get confused and pronounce it like "s" because it looks like russian "с".
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Referring to letters of the alphabet

In Italian, letters can be referred to using their noun. For example, when speaking of the letter M, I could say La lettera emme è l'undicesima lettera dell'alfabeto italiano. (that is, "M is the 11th ...