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This letter never appears in the initial position, and its pronunciation depends on the preceding consonant:
- Dě, tě, ně [ɟɛ, cɛ, ɲɛ] is written instead of ďe, ťe, ňe (analogously to di, ti, ni).
- Bě, pě, vě, fě is written instead of bje, pje, vje, fje. But some words (vjezd, "entry, drive-in"; objem, "volume"), are written with bje, vje because –je- is part of the etymological root of the word, preceded by the prefix v- or ob-.
- Mě [mɲɛ] is written instead of mňe. For etymological reasons, mně is written in some words (jemný, "soft" -> jemně, "softly").
The grapheme is sometimes used in Croatian to denote a jat (něsam', věra, lěpo, pověst, tělo) and is pronounced in different ways depending on the dialect: Ekavian (nesam, vera, lepo, povest, telo), Ikavian (nisam, vira, lipo, povist, tilo) or Jekavian (nijesam, vjera, lijepo, povijest, tijelo). Historically its use was very widespread, but today it is only found in scientific and historically accurate literature.
|Unicode name||LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH CARON||LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH CARON|
|UTF-8||196 154||C4 9A||196 155||C4 9B|
|Numeric character reference||Ě||Ě||ě||ě|
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