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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, è (e-grave) is a letter of the Latin alphabet.[1] In English, è is formed with an addition of a grave accent onto the letter E and is sometimes used in the past tense or past participle 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 other languages[edit]

  • In Emilian, è is used to represent [ɛː], e.g. lèt [lɛːt] "bed".
  • 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 in some words to denote a longer vowel such as in karrière (career).
  • È (è) is also used in Macedonian Latin as an equivalent of the letter ye with grave (Ѐ, ѐ).
  • In Romagnol, it represents [ɛ], e.g. vècc' [vɛtʃː] "old men".
  • 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".
  • 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.


Character information
Preview È è
Encodings decimal hex dec 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Unicode Character "È" (U+00C8)". Compart. Oak Brook, IL: Compart AG. 2021. Retrieved 2024-02-17.