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    Why are there 26 letters in the alphabets but 44 sounds in English language

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    Re: english

    Welcome to the forum, jameben,
    The answer to your question is, "Because that is the way our alphabet has happened to develop". By the way, there are not exactly 44 sounds in English. The number of sounds varies from dialect to dialect, and on the precise definition of the word 'sound'.

    Please give your threads more helpful titles. 'The English alphabet' would have been more appropriate for this.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Dec-2011 at 18:05.

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