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Plural Letters

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In English you can dot the i’s and cross the t’s. In English, when you want to say the name of a letter in the plural, you add an apostrophe and an s. The pronunciation of this is intuitive enough, something like /kross ðə ti:z/.

In Catalan it is done differently: The letter is written twice! I’ve seen this in two places: Badia’s Gramàtica and the Catalan Wikipedia. Badia says, p. 782:

Pel que fa a les ee i a les oo

An Wikipedia says:

Al català existeix la possiblitat d’accentuar obert o tancat moltes ee

And i’ve got to admit that i don’t know how it is pronounced.

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Written by aharoni

March 20, 2008 at 01:01

Posted in letters, pronunciation