H is the eighth letter in the English alphabet. It is also a consonant.
Consonants are sounds that are pronounced with restriction in the vocal tract.
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The Letter H: Sounds
The letter 'h' has two sounds.
Sound 1: /h/
The letter 'h' sounds /h/:
Sound 2: /∅/
1. 'h' sounds /∅/ when it precedes the letter 'o', so 'ho' sounds /ˈɑ/ in British English, in other words, 'h' is silent ∅:
2. 'ah' also sounds /ɑː/, 'h' is silent ∅:
3. 'gh' generally sounds /ɡ/, in other words, 'h' is silent /∅/:
This word is also pronounced /ˈdɪŋi/.
4. 'gh' also sounds Ø (no sound, silent) as in:
5. 'h' in 'rh' sounds /r/. In other words, 'h' is silent Ø:
The Letter H: Multigraphs
The letter 'h' can be positioned before or after other letters, mainly consonants.
'xh' sounds /gz/:
'hi' in the word '
'c' in combination with 'h' generally represents /tʃ/:
It also has the /ʃ/ sound in French loanwords:
'c' combined with 'h' also sounds /k/:
'ph' sounds /f/:
'sh' sounds /ʃ/:
'th' sounds /θ/:
'th' can also sound /ð/ if it is followed by the letter 'e':
'th' also sounds /t/:
'wh' sounds /w/, note that lips are rounded pronouncing this letter.
'wh' sounds /h/, that means 'w' is silent /∅/:
'gh' after 'u' also sounds /f/:
'gh' also sound silent /Ø/ when they follow 'ou':
The Letter H: Uses
The letter 'h' can be:
The abbreviation of hydrogen
The abbreviation of an hour (in prescriptions)
The abbreviation of hours, like
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