English alphabet

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The modern English alphabet is a Latin alphabet consisting of 26 letters, each having an uppercase and a lowercase form:

The same letters constitute the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

The exact shape of printed letters varies depending on the typeface (and font). The shape of handwritten letters can differ significantly from the standard printed form (and between individuals), especially when written in cursive style.

Written English has a number of digraphs, but they are not considered separate letters of the alphabet:

Some traditions also use two ligatures, æ and œ, or consider the ampersand (&) part of the alphabet.

The English language was first written in the Anglo-Saxon futhorc runic alphabet, in use from the 5th century. This alphabet was brought to what is now England, along with the proto-form of the language itself, by Anglo-Saxon settlers. Very few examples of this form of written Old English have survived, these being mostly short inscriptions or fragments.

This page was last edited on 19 May 2018, at 20:48.
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_alphabet under CC BY-SA license.

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