The Letter Q

In this lesson, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter Q. It is the seventeenth letter of the English alphabet. Stop worrying and join me.

"The Letter Q" in the English Alphabet

Q is the seventeenth 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 Q
Lowercase q
Name kiu (pronounced /ˈkjuː/)
Common Sound /k/

The Letter Q: Sound

The letter Q only has one sound:

Sound 1: /k/

'Q' mostly stands before 'u' and sounds /k/:

queue /kjuː/

acquire /əˈkwaɪər/

racquet /ˈrækɪt/

quiche /kiːʃ/

Tip

'Q' mainly comes before 'ui', 'ue', or 'ua'. However, some loanwords from Middle Eastern regions or from the Arabic language can take 'q' without the following 'u', such as:

niqab /nɪˈkɑːb/

burqa /ˈbɜːrkə/

Qatar /ˈkɑːtɑːr/

The Letter Q: Use

The capital letter Q is used as
The Roman Numeral Q is sometimes used to represent the number 500,000

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