The Letter I (The English Alphabet)

The letter I is the ninth letter in The English Alphabet.  It is also the third Vowel in The English Alphabet.

As with every letter in The English Alphabet, The Letter I has two versions in the written form.

These two versions are called:  The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case.


The Upper-Case I looks like this:


The Lower-Case I looks like this:


Notice that the only difference between The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case I is the size, and that The Lower-Case I has a dot on top.  You will find that this is the same for quite a few letters in The Alphabet.


As you learn The Common Tongue of the English language, you will see that The letter I can be pronounced many different ways.

The two primary ways to pronounce The letter I are called, the Short Pronunciation and the Long Pronunciation.

Letter I
The Letter I

The Short I

  • Igloo
  • Iguana
  • Intruder
  • Impala
  • Ink

The Long I

  • Island
  • Time
  • Mile
  • Mind
  • Twine


As you can see from the list above, whenever The letter I is pronounced with the Long pronunciation, it is usually combined with The Letter E (usually at the end of the word.)

(Notice! – The picture above shows a boy holding “Ice Cream”.  Even though that does start with The Letter I, it not a good example for the pronunciation of The Long I as it is actually pronounced like The -igh combination.)

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