The letter H is silent in Italian and is rarely found on its own. Other than in words borrowed from other languages, H is only found in some conjugations of avere (to have).
|the letter h|
|ha||he / she has|
The main purpose of H is to make the pronunciation of C and G hard in front of the soft vowels E and I.
Note that H is only ever added to C and G in front of soft vowels (E, I), in order to make their pronunciation hard. In front of hard vowels (A, O, U), the letters C and G are already hard sounds.
- Letters: C | G
- Combinations: CH | GH | SCH
- Hard and soft vowels
- Italian alphabet
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