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Silent letters

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A guide on how to identify silent letters

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Silent letters

  1. 1. Silent letters A simple guide
  2. 2. A is not pronounced before -lly Ex romantically, logically, artistically, musically
  3. 3. B is not pronounced Before -t as in doubt, debt, subtle After -m as in womb, climb, tomb, comb, bomb, plumber, thumb… Exceptions are to obtain, remember
  4. 4. C is usually silent - when it comes after -s and before -e, -i e -y as in science, scissors, muscle, yacht
  5. 5. D is normally silent if it comes before -n or -g Ex.: Wednesday, pledge, grudge, sandwich, handsome
  6. 6. -E is generally silent at the end of words as in face, cute, mate,stripe, hate and tube
  7. 7. G is generally not pronounced if it comes before n Align Foreign Exceptions to this rule are magnet, signature It is not pronounced if it comes after a vowel and before an h as in light, through, high Exceptions are in compound words as doghouse or foghorn
  8. 8. H is normally silent after w as in Why, what - Exceptions to this rule is when there is -o after h as in who - at the beginning of some words as honest, hour, honor
  9. 9. -K is generally silent before -n as in to know, knife, knight
  10. 10. L is generally not pronounced if it comes after -a, -o, -u Calf Should Yolk
  11. 11. N is normally silent after m at the end of words Autumn column damn
  12. 12. -P is generally silent in letter combinations as -ps, -pn, pt used at the beginning of words as in psychology, pterodactyl, pneumonia
  13. 13. S is generally not pronounced if it comes before l Island Isle
  14. 14. T is normally silent in the letter group sten at the end of words or in style or French words Listen Moisten damn Nestle Whistle Castle Ballet Beret
  15. 15. -U is generally silent after g at the beginning of words as in guess and guide
  16. 16. W is generally not pronounced if it comes before r at the beginning of words Wrong Write Wrap W is silent if it is before-ho at the beginning of a word as in who or whole Random words as swan, sword, two
  17. 17. X is normally silent in French words Faux
  18. 18. -Z is generally silent in French words as rendezvous

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