This time, we're gonna delve into the details of 'sc' in the English language. If you wanna see what more you can learn about multigraphs in English, join me.

English Multigraph "sc"

The letter 's' and 'c' are two consonants making the digraph 'sc' and producing two different sounds.

Digraphs are a set of two letters that stand together and produce a new sound.

Digraph sc
Name sc (pronounced /'es 'see/)
Sound(s) /s/, /sk/

The Digraph 'sc'

Sound 1: /s/

'sc' usually at the beginning of a word, before 'e' or 'I', sounds /s/:

science /ˈsaɪ.əns/

scent /sent/

scissors /ˈsɪz.ɚz/

susceptible /səˈsep.tə.bəl/

scene /siːn/

Tip

It is important to know that 'sc' in the word 'conscience' and its derived terms sounds /ʃ/:

conscience /ˈkɑːn.ʃəns/

conscientious /ˌkɑːn.ʃiˈen.ʃəs/

Sound 2: /sk/

'sc' at the beginning of a word, before 'u', 'a', or 'o', sounds /sk/:

sculpture /ˈskʌlp.tʃɚ/

scandalous /ˈskæn.dəl.əs/

scurrilous /ˈskɝː.ə.ləs/

scorn /skɔːrn/

scoop /skuːp/

Tip

The word disc is an exception as 'sc' appears at the end of the word:

disc /dɪsk/

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