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"CC" in English words

By Alena Lien, 2 Oct 2018

 

 

The letter "c" can be pronounced as either /k/ or /s/. 

There are 2 distinct ways of pronouncing "cc" in English words. Usually this occurs in the middle of words.

1.   /k/ (single /k/ sound)

Letter groups that end with "a", "o" and "u" are pronounced this way. 

  • Occasion

  • Broccoli 

  • Accumulate

Letter groups that end with a consonant are pronounced this way as well

  • Accrue

  • Acclaimed

  • Disaccharide

2.   /kˈs/ (/k/ followed by /s/)

Letter groups that end with "e" and "i" are pronounced this way.

  • Succeed

  • Accent

  • Vaccine

 

 

The letter group ending with "y" is also pronounced this way, although this is rare.

  • Coccyx

 

Exceptions to this rule are certain words of Italian origin. "Cc" are pronounced as /tʃi/ here.

  • Cappuccino 

  • Fettuccine

  • Cacciatore

 

Although you can say "gnocchi" (/ˈnjɒk.i/) with a single k consonant sound. 

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