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E with grave
È è
Upper and lower case of È
Writing systemLatin script
Language of originFrench
Phonetic usage[ɛ]
Unicode codepointU+00C8, U+00E8
  • È è
This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and ⟨ ⟩, see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.

"È" is a letter.

  • 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 /ˈblɛsɪd/ BLESS-id rather than /blɛst/ BLEST. It also occurs in loanwords such as Italian caffè.
  • In Emilian, è is used to represent [ɛː], e.g. lèt [lɛːt] "bed". In Romagnol, it represents [ɛ], e.g. vècc' [vɛtʃː] "old men".
  • 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 used in Limburgish for the [ɛ] sound, like in the word 'Sjtèl'.
  • È in Norwegian (both Bokmål and Nynorsk) is used some words to denote a longer vowel such as in karrière (career).
  • 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).
  • È (è) is used to mark the long vowel sounds [ɛː] and [eː] in Scottish Gaelic.
  • È (è) is used in Vietnamese to represent the letter "E" with the dấu huyền tone. It can also combine with "Ê" to form "Ề".

Character information
Preview È è
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

Key strokes[edit]

  • Microsoft Windows user's computer can type an "è" by pressing Alt+0232 or Alt+138 on the numeric pad of the keyboard. "È" can be typed by pressing Alt+0200 or Alt+212.

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