Open main menu

E, the fifth letter, is a vowel. It represents seven sounds, the principal ones being the long sound in eve and the short sound in best. Variations of long e are heard in event and eight, of the short e in excuse and horses, the absence of accent on these e's affecting their quality. Other e sounds occur in ever, where, whereby. E at the end of words usually is silent, but indicates that the preceding vowel is long, as in came. Final e after c and g, as in lace and rage, shows that c is s and g is j. E occurs in English words far more frequently than any other letter. Its ā sound comes from the Latin.