[Grammar] Q, X, and Y

elenah

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Hi everyone,
Could you please tell me if I am right in thinking that the letters 'Q', 'X' are unvoiced consonant letters and the letter 'Y' is a voiced consonant letter ?
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Tdol

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All three letters are generally referred to, unhelpfully, as consonants.

Mind you, I am currently learning a language that happily tells me /æm/ is a diphthong, so it's not confined to English. :up:
 

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Q is only pronounced /kw/ when followed by a U, which it is almost all of the time. The exceptions are words borrowed from other languages, primarily Arabic, or brand names like Qantas.

X is usually pronounced /ks/, but in some cases it is /gz/ or /z/.

Y is usually pronounced as the consonant /j/ or the vowels /i/ or /I/.
 

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And even with a 'u', queue is pronounced 'kyu'; quay is pronounced as 'key'.
 
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