È

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Not to be confused with É.

È or è can be

  • The letter E with a grave accent.
  • In English, the letter è is sometimes used in the past tense forms of verbs in poetic texts to indicate that the final syllable should be pronounced separately. For example blessèd would indicate the pronunciation bles-sed rather than blest. It also occurs in loanwords such as Italian caffè.
  • "È" means "is" in modern Italian [ɛ], e.g. "il cane è piccolo" meaning the dog is small. It is derived from Latin "est" and is accented to distinguish it from the conjunction "e" meaning "and".
  • È (è) is also used for an [ɤ] with a falling tone in pinyin, the Chinese language roman-alphabet transcription system. The word 鄂, consisting only of this vowel, is an abbreviation for the Hubei province of the People's Republic of China.
  • È (è) is also used in Macedonian Latin as an equivalent of the letter Ye with grave (Ѐ, ѐ)
Character È è
Unicode name LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH GRAVE LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 200 U+00C8 232 U+00E8
UTF-8 195 136 C3 88 195 168 C3 A8
Numeric character reference È È è è
Named character reference È è
EBCDIC family 116 74 84 54
ISO 8859-1/3/9/14/15/16 200 C8 232 E8

Windows users can type an "è" by holding the "Alt" key down and keying 138

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