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Not to be confused with É.
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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-id rather than BLEST. It also occurs in loanwords such as Italian caffè.
- In French, it always represents a [ɛ] sound of letter e when this is at the end of a syllable.
- È means "is" in modern Italian [ɛ*], e.g. il cane è piccolo meaning "the dog is small". It is derived from Latin ĕst and is accented to distinguish it from the conjunction e meaning "and". È is also used to mark a stressed [ɛ] at the end of a word only, as in caffè.
- 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).
|Unicode name||LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH GRAVE||LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE|
|UTF-8||195 136||C3 88||195 168||C3 A8|
|Numeric character reference||È||È||è||è|
|Named character reference||È||è|
Windows users can type an è by holding the "Alt" key down and keying 138.
- Ye with grave, a Cyrillic letter with a similar glyph.