The Letter Y (The English Alphabet)



The Letter Y is the twenty-fourth Letter in The English Alphabet……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

As with every Letter in The English Alphabet, The Letter Y has two versions in the written form.  These two versions are called:  The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case.

 


The Upper-Case Y looks like this:

Y

The Lower-Case Y looks like this:

y


Notice that the main difference between The Upper-Case and The Lower-Case Y is the size.  The Lower-Case Y is just a smaller version of The Upper-Case Y with a slight change in the angle of the lower arm.  You will find that this is the same for quite a few letters in The Alphabet.


Pronunciation


As you learn The English Language, you will see that The Letter Y is very unique in The English Alphabet.


What Makes The Letter Y So Special?


The Letter Y can act as both a Vowel and a Consonant. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


Letter Y
The Letter Y

The Letter Y as a Vowel


As you know from studying The Vowels in The English Language, every word has to have at least one Vowel.  These Vowels are The Letters A – E – I – O & U

But there are some words in The English Language that don’t contain any of the regular Vowels, but instead contain The Letter Y.  In these cases, The Letter Y acts as a Vowel.


Examples


  • Why
  • Wry
  • Spy
  • Cry
  • By


The Letter Y as a Consonant


In the cases that a word DOES contain another Vowel, then The Letter Y acts as a Consonant and usually comes at the end of the word.


Examples


  • Silly
  • Crazy
  • Lazy
  • Hazy
  • Daisy

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 (Therefore, The Letter Y is both the nineteenth Consonant AND the sixth Vowel in The English Alphabet.)


What About At The Beginning of The Word?


In these cases The Letter Y is acting as a Consonant.


  • Yo-yo
  • Yacht
  • Yard
  • Yam
  • Yuppy

 


Next Lesson – Letter Z

Following Lesson – The English Vowels

 


 

 

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