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    What are the most often used letters in the English language? Please give numbers from A to Z. Thank You, Geoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    What are the most often used letters in the English language? Please give numbers from A to Z. Thank You, Geoffs.
    This depends, to a great extent, on the sample size and the type of text that is analyzed. Here is one result:

    Letter Frequency in the English Language
    e t a o i n s r h l d c u m f p g w y b v k x j q z

    More here:

    http://deafandblind.com/word_frequency.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    What are the most often used letters in the English language? Please give numbers from A to Z. Thank You, Geoffs.
    This is slightly different, from another source:

    General Letter Frequencies
    e 0.124167
    t 0.0969225
    a 0.0820011
    i 0.0768052
    n 0.0764055
    o 0.0714095
    s 0.0706768
    r 0.0668132
    l 0.0448308
    d 0.0363709
    h 0.0350386
    c 0.0344391
    u 0.028777
    m 0.0281775
    f 0.0235145
    p 0.0203171
    y 0.0189182
    g 0.0181188
    w 0.0135225
    v 0.0124567
    b 0.0106581
    k 0.00393019
    x 0.00219824
    j 0.0019984
    q 0.0009325
    z 0.000599

    http://www.central.edu/homepages/Lin...etterfreq.html

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    'C' is apparently the most common letter at the beginning of words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'C' is apparently the most common letter at the beginning of words.
    Both of the sources I posted claim that it is "t". :wink:

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    Is it? I'll go check my source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Is it? I'll go check my source.
    I don't have any independent data. My Webster's has more "c" pages than "t" pages, but that is very crude. :wink:

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    Interesting. I thought the top five were E T A O N, but perhaps it has changed a bit (or I was mistaken). I believe the letter most often used to start a word is s.

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Interesting. I thought the top five were E T A O N, but perhaps it has changed a bit (or I was mistaken). I believe the letter most often used to start a word is s.

    :)
    Hmmm. Webster's has more "s" pages than "c" or "t" pages. :wink:

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    It's getting clear as mud.

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