The Letter W

In this lesson, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter W. It is the twenty-third and fourth-to-last letter of the English alphabet. Let's begin.

"The Letter W" in the English Alphabet

W is the twenty-third and fourth-to-last letter of the English alphabet. It is a consonant.

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

Uppercase Form W
Lowercase w
Name Common double-u (pronounced /dʌbljuː/)
Sounds /w/

The Letter W: Sound

'w' has two sounds:

Sound 1: /w/

'w' sounds /w/:

wet /wet/

wind /wɪnd/

web /web/

Sound 2: /∅/

'w' in 'wr' sounds 'r', that means 'w' is silent /∅/:

wrap /ræp/

write /raɪt/

wrist /rɪst/

'w' in 'wh' sounds /h/, that means 'w' is silent /∅/ in some words:

whom /huːm/

whole /həʊl/

who /huː/

The Letter W: Multigraphs

The letter w can be combined with other consonants:

ew

'ew' together sounds /uː/:

Stewart /ˈstuːərt/

stew /stuː/

newt /nuːt/

wh

'wh' in some words sounds h; however, 'wh' can also sound /w/, note that lips are rounded pronouncing this letter.

wheel /wiːl/

whisker /ˈwɪskər/

white /waɪt/

Tip

W is also used in interjections as in:

aw /ɔː/

ew /(j)uː/

ow /aʊ/ /oʊ/

The Letter W: Use

W can be used as
The abbreviation of west; western
The abbreviation of watt

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