Unit 5.1

Letter: q

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Introduction

The consonant q is a uvular plosive.

Form

 Usually this consonant is followed by the vowel u. The majority of the words that are currently used follow the pattern: q+ u.

However, there are some exceptions.

Example

Normally:

  • queen, question, quiz.

Exceptions:

  • Iraq, Qatar, qwerty (and some other loan-words mostly from Arabic).

Use

  • Q is almost always followed by u;
  • Q without a u following is mostly used in words from other languages.

There is no rule to distinguish the difference.

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