The Letter R in American English

How has it been so far? Here, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter R. It is the eighteenth letter of the English alphabet. Let's begin.

"The Letter R" in the English Alphabet

R is the eighteenth 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 R
Lowercase r
Name ar (pronounced /ˈɑːr /)
Sound /r/

The Letter R: Sound

Sound 1: /r/

R mainly sounds /r/:

robin /ˈrɑːbɪn/

road /rəʊd/

serious /ˈsɪriəs/

The Letter R: Multigraphs

The letter 'r' can be combined with other letters, especially other consonants:

rr

'rr' sounds /r/:

parrot /ˈpærət/

carrot /ˈkærət/

lorry /ˈlɒri/

wr

'wr' sounds /r/, in other words, 'w' is silent:

wrist /rɪst/

write /raɪt/

wrap /ræp/

rh

'rh' sounds /r/, so 'h' is silent:

rhino /ˈraɪnəʊ/

rhyme /raɪm/

rhubarb /ˈruːbɑːrb/

Tip

The letter 'r' after some vowels like 'u' and 'i' in American English sounds /ɝː/:

shirt /ʃɜːʳt/

murder /ˈmɝː.dɚ/

The Letter R: Uses

The Letter R is an abbreviation of:
The word radical in chemistry
The word ratio in mathematics
The word resistance in electricity

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