The Letter X (The English Alphabet)
The letter X is the twenty-fourth letter in The English Alphabet. It is also the nineteenth Consonant in The English Alphabet.
As with every letter in The English Alphabet, The Letter X has two versions in the written form.
These two versions are called: The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case.
The Upper-Case X looks like this:
The Lower-Case X looks like this:
Notice that the main difference between The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case X is the size. The Lower-Case X is just a smaller version of The Upper-Case X. You will find that this is the same for quite a few letters in The Alphabet.
As you learn The English Language, you will see that The letter X is very different from all the other letters in The English Alphabet.
.The Letter X has three pronunciations in The English Language.
When The Letter X is at the beginning of the word, (like in the word, xylophone) The Letter X is pronounced like The Letter Z.
When The Letter X is at the beginning of the word, with a hyphen directly after it, (like in the word, X-Ray) it is pronounced just like it’s name: “eks”.
In other situations, The Letter X usually has The Letter E directly before it, but can also come after other vowels as well. In these cases it has two common pronunciations.
It can be pronounced like a “ks” combination.
Or, it can be pronounced like a “gz” combination.
The Letter X (pronounced like The Letter Z)
The Letter X with a hyphen
The word X-ray is a medical term that is short for a much longer word. In most other cases, When The Letter X comes before or after a hyphen, The Letter X, in the word, represents an unspecified amount or an unspecified thing:
Example: X-amount (of dollars) – Meaning: It costs a certain amount of dollars, but the exact number is not important for the conversation.
Example: person-X – Meaning: A person; any person. Used in a description of something wherein, who the person is, is not important.