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- This page is about the first letter in the alphabet.
- For the indefinite article, see Article (grammar).
- For other uses of A, see A (disambiguation)
|The Latin alphabet|
A is the first letter of the English alphabet. The small letter, a, is used as a lower case vowel. However, the English long a (ā) is said as a diphthong of ĕ and y. The same letter of the Greek alphabet is named alpha. Alpha and omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet, means the beginning and the end. In musical notation, the letter A is the symbol of a note in the scale, below B and above G.
Where it came from [change]
This Phoenician letter helped make the basic blocks of later types of the letter.
Using the letter [change]
The letter A has six different sounds. It can sound like æ, in the International Phonetic Alphabet, such as the word pad. Other sounds of this letter are in the words father, which developed into another sound, such as in the word ace.
- "A", "Encyclopaedia Britannica", Volume 1, 1962. p.1.
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