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Why does the alphabet Q always have the word u followed when it comes to a word like quater, quit, quick ?

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    French influence! No language stands alone. ;)

    The letter K only exists in French within loanwords. To get the "K" sound, French uses either C (which becomes "S" before E / I ), or Q(+U). When French words and spellings drifted into English, we adopted the QU, but gave a "W" sound to the U. So QU="KW". Roughly.

    In both English and French, a solo Q is less common. Still, the French words that have Q alone always place it at the end of words: cinq, coq.

    So why the U? I suggest our Q is slightly further back down the throat than our K, so you need a deep chesty vowel (U) to hang onto it, and connect it to the following vowel. Relax your throat and say "king - queen, king-queen" and you'll feel how the Q drops down a bit.

    I remember a similar question asked long ago, you might like to read it as well:

    http://www.italki.com/answers/question/58094.htm

    Why does the alphabet Q always have the word u followed when it comes to a word like quater, quit, quick.

    Why is the letter Q always followed by the letter U?
    Why does the letter U always follow the letter Q?


    The letter 'q' is not always followed by the letter 'u'. There are a few English words, borrowed
    from other languages that have q with no following u.
    One is "inqilab", which means a riot or disturbance. Also names of countries and cities often have a q with no following u. For example, Iraq, Iqaluit, etc.

    The 'qu" combination almost always sounds like 'kw', so why don't we write:
    quick as kwick
    quiet as kwiet
    quite as kwite...

    I have one more kwestion ... who's in charge of my language... in other words, who's rsponsible for this 'qu' mess? I must speak with that person...:)

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