The Letter D

In this lesson, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter D. It is the fourth letter of the English alphabet. So, wanna learn more? C'mon.

"The Letter D" in the English Alphabet

'D' is the fourth letter of the English alphabet. It is one of the consonants in English phonology.

Consonants are the letters that are produced by stopping the letter from flowing easily.

Uppercase Form D
Lowercase d
Name dee (pronounced /'di/)
Sound /d/

The Letter D: Sounds

The letter D has only one sound.

Main Sound: /d/

D as in 'duck' generally sounds /d/:

candle /ˈkæn.dəl/

door /dɔːr/

duck /dʌk/

Tip

In the word 'Wednesday', d is silent.

The Letter D: Multigraphs

Letter D can also appear in combinations with other letters (mainly consonants):

dd

The letter 'd' next to another 'd' is pronounced /d/:

ladder /ˈlædər/

wedding /ˈwed.ɪŋ/

puddle /ˈpʌd.əl/

dg

When 'd' is put before 'g', it sounds /dʒ/:

badger /ˈbædʒər/

lodger /ˈlɑːdʒər/

bridge /brɪdʒ/

fridge /frɪdʒ/

ed

D in verbs ending with 'p', 'k', 'f', 's', 'ch', 'sh', 'x', and 'th' sounds /t/:

cooked /kʊkt/

liked /laɪkt/

dropped /drɑːpt/

stopped /stɑːpt/

kissed /kɪst/

perished /ˈperɪʃt/

Tip

The letters 'du' in the word 'schedule' can sound /dju:/ in British English or /dʒu:/ in American English:

schedule /ˈʃedjuːl/

British English

schedule /ˈskedʒuːl/

American English

The Letter D: Uses

The letter D is also
A grade below C but above E in the school grading system
The standard abbreviation for the 'Penny'

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