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    about the letter ( C ) !!


    Hi dear Teacher ,,

    I'd like you to show me the differences between words contain the letter ( c ) you know some times we say ( K ) and some we say ( C )

    So my Question will be :

    is there a firm rule for such letter

    waiting

    and thanks in advance

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    Re: about the letter ( C ) !!

    Almost always, c before e and i is a soft c (pronounced like s)
    Before a, o and u it is hard (like a k)
    It is also pronounced as a k before any consonant.
    So in 'succeed', the first c is pronounced as a k, the second as an s (sukseed).

    Dave

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    Re: about the letter ( C ) !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Mortimer View Post
    Almost always, c before e and i is a soft c (pronounced like s)
    Before a, o and u it is hard (like a k)
    It is also pronounced as a k before any consonant.
    So in 'succeed', the first c is pronounced as a k, the second as an s (sukseed).

    Dave
    The "almost always" presumably allows for the (not infrequent) words borrowed from, say, Italian: 'cello, ciao, concerto.... where it makes a /ʧ/ sound, as in "chair"; in fact there is a slang word "chow" [meaning 'food' - borrowed, I think, from Chinese)] that - when pronounced by an English-speaker - makes the same sound as "ciao" (also pronounced by an English-speaker). Italian is by no means the only source; it's just the most common one.

    b

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