Decoding the letter Q

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k

quick /kwɪk/

The letter Q, lower case q (pronounced /kjuː/) very reliably represents IPA phoneme /k/. It is normally followed by u and "qu" sounds /kw/. For examples see IPA phoneme /k/.

When "qu" does not sound /kw/ (silent u):

  • antique /ænˈtiːk/ - bouquet /buːˈkeɪ/ - chequeBrE - conquer - etiquette - liquor - mosquito /məˈskiːtəʊ/ - quay /kiː/ - queue /kjuː/ - quiche /kiːʃ/ - technique /tekˈniːk/ - tequila /təˈkiːlə/ - unique /juːˈniːk/

Homophones:

  • chequeBrE - check; quay - key; queue - cue;

Q not before U

  • Iraq /ɪˈrɑːk, ɪˈræk/ - Iraqi
  • Qantas /ˈkwɒntəs/
  • Qatar /ˈkʌtɑːr,BrE, ˈkætɑːr,BrE ˈkɑːtɑːr,AmE kəˈtɑːrAmE/ - Qatari