Silent Letters in English

Silent Letters in English

Many words in English have letters that are not pronounced but exist in spelling. Such letters are called silent. The following points provides examples of letters being silent.

Silent A:

A is not pronounced in words ending in suffix ‘-ally’

For example:

Artistically, dramatically, stoically, musically, romantically, logically

Silent B:

B is not pronounced when following ‘m’ at the end of a word and before‘t’

For example:

Climb, crumb, dumb, comb, debt, doubt

Silent C:

C is not pronounced in these common words:

For example:

Muscle, arbuscle, corpuscle, scissors, scientist

Silent D:

D is not pronounced in these common words:

For example:

Handkerchief, sandwich, Wednesday

Silent E:

When E is not pronounced at the end of the words, the preceding vowel becomes long or turns into a diphthough

For example:

Silent Letters in English

Silent F:

None

Silent G:

G is often not pronounced when followed by an ‘n’

For example:

Champagne, foreign, sign, feign

Silent GH:

GH is not pronounced before‘t’ and at the end of many words

For example:

Thought, daughter, light, might, right, fight, weigh, night, sigh, high, through

Silent Letters in English
Silent Letters in English

Silent H:

H is not pronounced when following ‘w’

For example:

What, when, where, whether, why

H is not pronounced at the beginning of many words

For example:

Hour, honest, honour, heir

Silent I:

I is not pronounced in some words

For example:

Business, parliament

Silent J:

None

Silent K:

K is not pronounced when followed by ‘n’ at the beginning of a word

For example:

Knife, knee, know, knock, knowledge

Silent L:

L is not pronounced before‘d’, ‘f’, ‘k’, ‘m’

For example:

Would, should, half, talk, chalk, salmon, calm, psalm, almond

Silent M:

M is not pronounced followed by ‘n’

For example:

Mnemonic

Silent N:

N is not pronounced following ‘m’ at the end of a word

For example:

Autumn, hymn, solemn, condemn, damn, column

Silent O:

None

Silent P:

P is not pronounced when followed by ‘n’, ‘s’ and ‘t’

For example:

Pneumonia, psychology, psychiatrist, psychotherapy, psychotic, Thompson, receipt

Silent Q:

None

Silent R:

R in British English are ‘silent’ before consonants as in card or at the end of word as in car

For example:

World, garden, butter, finger

Silent S:

S is not pronounced before ‘I’

For example:

Island, isle, aisle

Silent T:

T is not pronounced after ‘s’ and at the end of some words of French origin

For example:

Castle, Christmas, fasten, listen, whistle, thistle, ballet, bouquet

Silent U:

U is not pronounced after ‘c’, ‘g’, and ‘q’

Silent V:

None

Silent W:

W is not pronounced at the beginning of a word followed by an ‘r’

For example:

Wrap, write, wrong

W is not pronounced at the beginning of a words followed by an ‘h’

For example:

Who, whose, whom, whole

W is not pronounced after ‘s’, ‘n’ and ‘r’

For example:

Sword, greensward, answer, Greenwich, Norwich

Silent X:

X is not pronounced in words of French origin

For example:

Sioux, faux

Silent Y:

Y is not pronounced in some words

For example:

Key, mayor, prayer

Silent Z:

Z is not pronounced in words of French origin

For example:

Rendezvous

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