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    The pronunciation of "c"

    Is the "c" pronounced as "k" only before "e/i/y"?

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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is the "c" pronounced as "k" only before "e/i/y"?
    No. It's the opposite.
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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    can/cat/carton (hard k sound)
    ceiling/centimetre (sibilant s sound)
    cigarette/cigar/circa (sibilant s sound)
    column/cot/corn (hard k sound)
    cumulus/cunning/cummerbund (hard k sound)
    cycle/cyborg (sibilant s sound)

    In words we've adopted from other languages, we stick with their pronunciation. For example, cello and ciao (c = ch)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is the "c" pronounced as "k" "s" only when it comes before "e/i/y"?
    Is that what you intended to write, Rachel?

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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Is that what you intended to write, Rachel?
    Oh, yes. I accidentally typed "k".

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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    Then the answer is basically, yes. There are some exceptions such as "soccer" and "muscle", but they are just that - exceptions.

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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Then the answer is basically, yes. There are some exceptions such as "soccer" and "muscle", but they are just that - exceptions.
    Why is "muscle" an exception? There is an "l" before it.

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    Re: The pronunciation of "c"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Why is "muscle" an exception? There is an "l" before after it.
    The rule says you should pronounce "c" as /k/ when it precedes a consonant. The "c" in muscle isn't pronounced that way.

    I wouldn't say that it's pronounced as /s/; I'd say it's silent. The distinction is academic though.
    I am not a teacher.

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