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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.
Letter groups that end with a consonant are pronounced this way as well
2. /kˈs/ (/k/ followed by /s/)
Letter groups that end with "e" and "i" are pronounced this way.
The letter group ending with "y" is also pronounced this way, although this is rare.
Exceptions to this rule are certain words of Italian origin. "Cc" are pronounced as /tʃi/ here.
Although you can say "gnocchi" (/ˈnjɒk.i/) with a single k consonant sound.