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|Cyrillic letter Ve|
|The Cyrillic script|
Ve (? ?; italics: ? ?) is a letter of the Cyrillic script.
It commonly represents the voiced labiodental fricative /v/, like ⟨v⟩ in "very".
In the Early Cyrillic alphabet, its name was ? (v?d?), meaning "I know".
In the Cyrillic numeral system, it had the value of 2.
In standard Ukrainian pronunciation (based on the Poltava dialect), Ve represents a sound like the English W ([w]) when in the word final position. Because of this, it is not uncommon to see words ending in ⟨?⟩ transcribed to end in ⟨w⟩, for example, = Vladyslaw for Vladislav.
Additionally, some Ukrainians also use this pronunciation in words where the letter is directly preceded by a consonant, while for others all occurrences of the letter Ve denote [w]. In the Eastern Ukraine, the letter Ve may represent a voiceless [f], but this is considered a Russianism, as word-final devoicing does not occur in standard Ukrainian. For example, the standard Ukrainian pronunciation of the word ([he] said) is /skazaw/. However in the Eastern Ukraine one is likely to hear the Russified [skazaf] (with final devoicing).
In Belarusian, the letter Ve represents only the sound /v/. In the word final position, or if directly proceeded by a consonant, it mutates to the letter Short U (? ?), a Belarusian letter representing the sound /w/. E.g., the Belarusian noun "language" is ? (mova), but the adjectival form is (mowny), and the genitive plural of the noun (formed by removing the final ⟨?⟩) is (mow).
In Serbian, the letter Ve represents only the sound /v/.
In Macedonian the letter is used for the sound /v/, but if the letter appears at the end of the word then it is pronounced as /f/. An example of this is the word [b?f] ('I was').
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER VE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER VE||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ROUNDED VE|
|UTF-8||208 146||D0 92||208 178||D0 B2||225 178 128||E1 B2 80|
|Numeric character reference||В||В||в||в||ᲀ||ᲀ|
|KOI8-R and KOI8-U||247||F7||215||D7|