The letter "b", is it or is it not?

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Since the letter a is a vocal, does this means that the letter b is the first letter in the Spanish Alphabet? What say you'

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updated ABR 21, 2009
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Of course vowels are letters; any symbol from an alphabet is. As qfreed said, maybe you were thinking of consonants.

updated ABR 21, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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yes they are letters but should they be included in the alphabet list?

I was reading an Spanish grtamatical and it listed the vowels in a separate list rather than among the other letters of the alphabet. I mean that the alphabet in this gramatical only had 23 letters in the alphabet list, eg. b c d f g etc'. and the vowels were listed separately.

In common usage the term that you seem to be missing is consonants.

The alphabet was divided into vowels and consonants.

I'm not sure technically if all of the non-vowel letters are truly consonants or whether that is a misnomer, but in general usage all of the non-vowel letters are referred to as consonants.

updated ABR 21, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Are vowels not considered letters then'[/quot

yes they are letters but should they be included in the alphabet list?

I was reading an Spanish grtamatical and it listed the vowels in a separate list rather than among the other letters of the alphabet. I mean that the alphabet in this gramatical only had 23 letters in the alphabet list, eg. b c d f g etc.... and the vowels were listed separately.

updated ABR 21, 2009
posted by 00769608
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Are vowels not considered letters then'

updated ABR 21, 2009
posted by Robert-Austin
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b.

  1. f. Segunda letra del abecedario español y del orden latino internacional, que representa un fonema consonántico labial y sonoro. Su nombre es be, be alta o be larga.

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updated ABR 21, 2009
posted by AntMexico