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  2.28.4 Summary: double consonants


Double consonants are something very characteristic for Italian

Double consonants are something characteristic for Italian writing. Although you have double consonants also in French and English they don't represent variations of the same sound in these languages. A double consonant in Italian is pronounced longer if possible (mm, nn, ss) or several times in the case of rr, or stronger (p, b, t). We already said that there is a little confusion inside Italy and sometimes a double consonant is pronounced as a single one and vice versa, but the general rule should be respected.

Examples
  sebbene = although
  disturbo = interruption
  dopo = after
  doppia = double
  cipolla = onion
  donna = woman
  dono = gift
  maggio = may
  giorno = day
  anno = year
  anodino = trivial





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