The Letter U (The English Alphabet)

The letter U is the twenty-first letter in The English Alphabet.  It is also the fifth Vowel in The English Alphabet.

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

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


The Upper-Case U looks like this:


The Lower-Case U looks like this:


Notice that the only difference between The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case U is the size.  The Lower-Case U is just a smaller version of The Upper-Case U.  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 U can be pronounced many different ways.

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


Letter U
The Letter U

The Short U

  • Umbrella
  • Underwear
  • Ulcer
  • Ultraviolet
  • Usher

The Long U

  • Unicorn
  • Ukraine
  • Ukulele
  • Uniform
  • Union


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