The Letter X-x (The English Alphabet)

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.

  • Excellent
  • Extraordinary
  • Axiom
  • Oxidation
  • Excitement

Or, it can be pronounced like a “gz” combination.

  • Example
  • Exaggeration
  • Exactly
  • Existence
  • Executive

Letter X
The Letter X

The Letter X  (pronounced like The Letter Z)

  • Xylophone
  • Xerox
  • Xenophobe
  • Xenon
  • Xanthin

The Letter X with a hyphen

  • X-ray
  • X-axis
  • X-amount

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.

Next Lesson – Letter Y

Following Lesson – Letter Z




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