R r
(See below)
Writing cursive forms of R
Writing systemLatin script
TypeAlphabetic and Logographic
Language of originLatin language
Phonetic usage[r]
(English variations)
Unicode codepointU+0052, U+0072
Alphabetical position18
Time period~50 to present
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Variations(See below)
Other letters commonly used withr(x), rh
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.

R, or r, is the eighteenth letter of the modern English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet. Its name in English is ar (pronounced /ˈɑːr/), plural ars,[1] or in Ireland or /ˈɔːr/.[2]

The letter ⟨r⟩ is the eighth most common letter in English and the fourth-most common consonant (after ⟨t⟩, ⟨n⟩, and ⟨s⟩).[3]

The letter ⟨r⟩ is used to form the ending "-re", which is used in certain words such as centre in some varieties of English spelling, such as British English. Canadian English also uses the "-re" ending, unlike American English, where the ending is usually replaced by "-er" (center). This does not affect pronunciation.

  1. ^ "R", Oxford English Dictionary 2nd edition (1989); "ar", op. cit
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2017-09-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Frequency Table". Math.cornell.edu. Archived from the original on 2 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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