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"ㅎ" is a single letter (hi-eut).

But it is not what appears in "종", where the "ㅗ" and the "ㅇ" are two distinct letters.

Is there something obvious (which I can't see) that distinguishes between the two?

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  • 종 can’t be ㅈ stacked on top of ㅎ because the combination of two or more basic letters is always either 1. 자음+모음 or 2. 자음+모음+자음 which respresents a single syllable. (자음 = consonant / 모음 = vowel)
    – Coconut
    Dec 2 '20 at 3:51
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You won't see the two consonants ㅈ and ㅎ on top of each other, unless someone is playing with fonts, because that's an invalid combination - a valid syllable must contain a vowel.

So 종 can never be ㅈ+ㅎ: it can only be ㅈ+ㅗ+ㅇ.

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  • So a final "ㅎ" must always be preceded by a vowel and so couldn't be two letters. Dec 1 '20 at 18:43
  • @RayButterworth unless it's a special consonant like ㄶ but you most likely won't mistake them for anything else
    – user17915
    Dec 2 '20 at 4:44

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