What sound does CE make?

What sound does CE make?

Spelling ce, ci and cy words – the soft c sound.

Why does C sound like s?

In Anglo-Saxon English C was pronounced “k” or “ch” then the French invaded in 1066 and introduced the soft C (“s” sound). Modern words follow this old rule: A soft c “s” before i, e or y – cinema, decide, celebrate, cemetery, cyber, cigarette, cylinder, centre/center, decision, cent, acceptance.

Is it the S or C silent in scent?

Neither is silent. The “s” and the “c” together make a softer “s” sound. Compared to the words “sent” and “cent”, the word “scent” sounds more like “sscent.” Similar to the words “ascent” and “assent”, where assent has a harder and faster sound.

What is the C K rule?

This generalization states that when you hear the /k/ sound at the end of a word AND the /k/ immediately follows a short vowel sound, it is spelled ck. If it is preceded by a long vowel or consonant, it is spelled with a k.

What is the C rule?

The rule. Here’s the rule: When ‘c’ comes directly before the letters ‘e’, ‘i’ or ‘y’ we use the /s/ sound. in other cases we use a /k/ sound.

Are C and K the same sound?

Here is an easy way to remember whether to try c first or k first: c comes first in the alphabet and k comes second. That is the same order in which we try the letters when building a word. C and k are by far the most common ways to spell the sound of /k/ at the beginning of a word.

Why is cat spelled with ac and not AK?

Due to the succeeding ‘i’ the pronunciation of “citten” would not agree with that of “cat”, hence “kitten” is used. “Cat” originates from the French “chat” while “kitten” originates from the German “Katze”.

Why is there AK IN know?

Actually, this is due to historical change. English is a Germanic language. In the Old English, just like in German, the consonant k was pronounced together with the n. The spelling kn in a word like know evolved from the Old English spelling cn, in which the “c” represented a guttural sound similar to the sound /k/.

Why K is silent in word knife?

The silent ‘k’ in words like ‘knight’, ‘knock’ and ‘knob’ is a remnant of Old English, and wasn’t silent at all but was pronounced along with the ‘n’. Nobody really k-nows why or when it became silent but this change is believed to have transpired sometime around the 16th to 17th centuries.