Words containing the letter q

In the spelling of English words, the letter q is always followed by the vowel u, for example:

queue  

quiz

acquaintance

squash

frequent

tranquil

Note that this rule does not apply to Arabic words such as niqab. See more words containing 'q' without the letter 'u'.

For more spelling peculiarities check out these pages from our Spelling section:

i before e except after c

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Verb tenses: adding -ed and -ing

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