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:


The Lower-Case Y looks like this:


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.


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.


  • 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.


  • Silly
  • Crazy
  • Lazy
  • Hazy
  • Daisy


 (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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