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    Dear Spanish translators,

    Could you please tell me if "e hielo" is the correct way to say it?

    I mean, sould I say "y hielo" o "e hielo"??

    Thank you in advance,

    Jack

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    Hello. I believe there's a rule that states that before a word that starts with "hi-", you have to use "y".

    You can hear it all the time on TV when they advertise wonderful food for you with "vitaminas y hierro", no one says "vitaminas e hierro".

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    Yes, I´d definitely say "y hielo" ...

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    Jack,

    In Butt and Benjamin's A NEw Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish (23.7) it reads:

    [...] it is written and pronounced e before a word beginning with a pure i sound, e.g. Miguel e Ignacio, padre e hijos, but not before words beginning with a y sound: carbón y hierro, etc., and not always at the head of a sentence: ¿Y Ignacio?
    Hope it helps,
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    Default Excepción a la regla

    Debes usar "y" hielo, no "e" hielo.

    Entiendo que la regla es que "y" toma la forma "e" ante palabras que empiezan por el sonido /i/ como por ejemplo: aguja e hilo, linda e irresistible

    Pero, cuando al sonido /i/ le sigue una vocal con la que forma diptongo como es el caso de hielo o hierro se debe usar "y" y no "e". En otras palabras, es una excepción a la regla.

    Espero sirva....

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    Thank you all of you for your help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariana B
    Debes usar "y" hielo, no "e" hielo.

    Entiendo que la regla es que "y" toma la forma "e" ante palabras que empiezan por el sonido /i/ como por ejemplo: aguja e hilo, linda e irresistible

    Pero, cuando al sonido /i/ le sigue una vocal con la que forma diptongo como es el caso de hielo o hierro se debe usar "y" y no "e". En otras palabras, es una excepción a la regla.

    Espero sirva....

    Excellent work! una excepción a la regla, yo no tenía idea.

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