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    Hi.
    Is there any grammar rule about when to read Ch as (tʃ) (merchant, chestnut, cherry, champion, chance, purchase) and as (ˈk) (chemist, ache, anarchy, anchor).
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    Re: CH

    Most of the words where it is pronounced /k/ come from Greek.

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    Re: CH

    Thank you Tdol.
    But, in my examples that I had written down, you might see that more are pronounced as (tʃ) than (k). D'ya know what i mean, I know more words that are pronounced (tʃ), than (k).
    anyways, Thanks for comment. I thought could have been some grammar which helps :)

    Take care

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    Re: CH

    There are many American words, where the grapheme "ch" gets a phoneme "sh": Chicago, Chinook, Cheyenne, etc.

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    Re: CH

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman Kartvely View Post
    Thank you Tdol.
    But, in my examples that I had written down, you might see that more are pronounced as (tʃ) than (k). D'ya know what i mean, I know more words that are pronounced (tʃ), than (k).
    anyways, Thanks for comment. I thought could have been some grammar which helps :)

    Take care
    The /k/ words are the smaller group and tend to come from Greek- if a word doesn't fit into that small group, then it is likely to be part of the general group. You can look on the /k/ group as exceptions and the reason is their origin. If not derived from Greek, if not one the AmE exceptions, then /tʃ/

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    Re: CH

    Thank you so much, guys.
    I see now. Pity, I'm not from Greece, would have been easier :)
    Thanks. Great help. I appreciated it.

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