When do you use ch vs tch as the last letters in a word?
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Just after you have checked the dictionary.
For first names: Hi-tch.
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Just to make it clear, I don't think there are any 'rules' to answer this question.
I think we just have to check the spelling, maybe using a dictionary.
As a matter of fact there is a rule it goes like this. In a 1 syllable word with 1 short vowel imediately followed by the sound "ch" spell it -tch
AnonymousIn a 1 syllable word with 1 short vowel immediately followed by the sound "ch" spell it -tch
Except much, such, which, rich, and maybe a few others, but I think that's the complete list.

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The "ch" sound is spelled "tch" following a short vowel sound -- match, pitch, butch. The three words that are exceptions to this rule are: such, much, and rich. Supposedly, in the past, the exceptions were spelled with -tch, but that was somehow phased out over time. English really is a constantly evolving language.

- Hope this helps.
Use tch
  • after one single short vowel (witch, pitch)
Use ch
  • after two vowels (touch or ouch)
  • after a long vowel
  • after a consonant (bench)
My understanding is that tch comes at the end of the word when it's preceded by a short vowel. Itch, catch and clutch are examples. For everything else, use ch. There are a few exceptions, though, like rich, such, and much.
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