In this lesson, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter M. It is the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet. Ready to learn more? C'mon.

"The Letter M" in the English Alphabet

M is the thirteenth letter of the English alphabet. It is also a consonant.

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

Uppercase Form M
Lowercase m
Name em (pronounced /ˈɛm/)
Sound /m/

The Letter M: Sound

The letter M has one sound:

Sound: /m/

'M' mainly sounds /m/:

mop /mɑːp/

man /mæn/

museum /mjuˈziːəm/

The Letter M: Multigraphs

Letter M can also appear in combinations with other letters (mainly consonants).

mm

'mm' generally stands in the middle of words and sounds /m/:

drummer /ˈdrʌmər/

hammer /ˈhæmər/

mammoth /ˈmæməθ/

sm

'sm' at the last syllable of words sounds /zəm/:

spasm /ˈspæzəm/

classicism /ˈklæsɪsɪzəm/

neologism /niˈɑːlədʒɪzəm/

mb

'mb' sounds /m/, it means 'b' is silent:

plumber /ˈplʌmər/

comb /kəʊm/

lamb /læm/

Tip

'm' in mnemonic sounds /∅/, in other words, 'm' is silent, so 'mn' sounds /n/.

mnemonic /nɪˈmɑːnɪk/

The Letter M: Uses

M represents:
The number 1000
The abbreviation for meter. However, m is also used as an abbreviation for mile
One million
Male or masculine, as opposed to F for female or feminine.

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