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Rules of American English Pronunciation: The Letter X

The 2 Sounds of X

X = KS
as in box, fox, index, extra, extreme, flex, next, Texas, Mexico

X = GZ
as in example, exit, exist, exact, examine

Which X sound?

Most of the time, X sounds like KS. As you can see from the examples, we often use the softer sound in words that start with ex followed by a vowel.

Practice the Letter X

1. Put an X in the box.

2. You can find the examples in the index.

3. Texas is next to Mexico.

4. This is the exit aisle on the plane.

5. Can you handle the extra responsibilities?

6. We need the exact numbers.

7. He is extremely political.

8. We saw fox tracks by the road.

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