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How to Pronounce English Words-Silent Letters in Words

During our life time we use, pronounce and remember about 10,000 spellings of English Words. There are many words in which some alphabets are silent. My list will help in pronouncing these words. Instructions 1. Step 1 Silent Letters in English Words There is no clear way to know about all the silent letters in English Words. The best you can do is to make lists and circulate among your friends to find and add more such words. (a) Silent Consonants Silent Letter B ‘b’ is silent in the words ending with ‘mb’. Climb, Crumb, Dumb, Comb, Lamb Silent Letter B ‘b’ is mostly silent when it is followed by ‘t’. Debt, Doubtful, Subtle (But not in some words, e.g. 'Obtain', 'Unobtrusive') Silent Letter C ‘c’ is mostly silent in the words beginning with ‘sce’ or ‘sci’ Muscle, Scène, Scent, Science, Scissors Silent Letter C ‘c’ is silent in the words ending with ‘scle’ Muscle, Corpuscle Silent Letter D ‘d’ is silent in the following common words. Handkerchief, Sandwich, Wednesday Silent Letter G ‘g’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘gn’. Gnome, Gnaw, Gnats, Gnosis, Gnu Silent Letter G ‘g’ is often silent when it is followed by ‘n’ in the middle or end of a word. Champagne, Foreign, Sign, Feign Silent Letters GH ‘gh’ is silent when it is followed by ‘t’. Ought, Fought, Thought, Taught, Daughter Night, Light, Might, Right, Fight Silent Letters GH

‘gh’ is mostly silent in the words when it is at the end. High, Sigh, Weigh, Neigh, sleigh Letters GH ‘gh’ sounds ‘ff’ when preceded by ‘ou’ Cough, Rough, Enough, Tough Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘wh’. However some people whisper ‘h’ before the ‘w’. What, Wham, Whip, Whiz, When, Where, Whether, Why Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent, in many words, when it is at the beginning. In such cases the article ‘an’ is used. Hour, Honest, Honour, Heir, Herb Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words ending with ‘h’ and preceded by a vowel. Hah, Mynah, Cheetah, Sarah, Messiah Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words ending with ‘h’ and preceded by a consonant. Myrrh , Catarrh Silent Letter H ‘h’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘rh’ Rhyme, Rhubarb, Rhythm, Rhombus Silent Letter K ‘k’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘kn’. Knife, Knee, Know, Knock, Knowledge Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘d’ and preceded by ‘ou’. Would, Should, Could Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘f’ Half, Calf Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘k’ Talk, Walk, Balk 2. Step 2 Silent Letter L ‘l’ is often silent when it is before ‘m’ Calm, Balm, Salmon

Silent Letter N ‘n’ is silent when it is behind ‘m’ at the end of a word. Autumn, Hymn, Damn, Column Silent Letter P ‘p’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘pn’ Pneumatic, Pneumonia, pneumonic Silent Letter P ‘p’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘ps’ Psalm, Psychiatry, Psychology Silent Letter P ‘P’ is silent in the words beginning with the suffix ‘psych’. Psychiatrist, Psychotherapy, Psychotic Silent Letter P ‘p’ is silent in the words beginning with the suffix ‘pneu’. Pneumatic, Pneumonia Silent Letter S ‘s’ is mostly silent when it is before ‘l’ in some words. Island, Isle Silent Letter T ‘t’ is silent in the following common words. Often, Castle, Fasten, Listen, Rustle, Glisten, Thistle, Whistle, Wrestle, Christmas, Listening Silent Letter W ‘w’ is silent in the words beginning with ‘wr’. Wrap, Wreck, Wrench, Write, Wrong Silent Letter W ‘W’ is silent in the following words. Who, Whose, Whom (b) Silent Vowels Silent Vowel E Silent vowel ‘e’ at the end as in the word ‘have’ Because, Cheese, Give, Have, Horse, House, Love, Pause, Please, Purse Silent Vowel U ‘u’ is silent when it is after ‘g’ and before a vowel. Guess, Guidance, Guitar, Guest Silent Vowel U Silent vowel ‘u’ as in the word ‘guess’ Biscuit, Build, Disguise, Guarantee, Guard, Guess, Guest, Guide, Guilty, Guitar

Silent Vowels UE Silent vowels ‘ue’ as in the word ‘tongue’ Catalogue, Intrigue, League, Plague, Rogue, Tongue, Vague Silent letter E in English Words (a) ‘E’ is silent at the end of a word and makes the consonant in front of it say its alphabet name. Ate,Use,Bite,Code,Cube,Cute,Dude,Hate,Hide,Hope,Joke,Ride,Robe,Valuable Ignorance,insurance,Narrative,Believable,Literature,Resemblance (B) ‘E’ is silent in the middle of a word and makes the consonant in front of it say its alphabet name. Hikers,Lately,Museum,Hopeless,Revision,Rehearsal,Completion,Television 3. Step 3 English words ending with ‘lm’) ‘l’ is often silent in some words when it is before ‘m’ at the end. (Red Words) Elm,Balm,Calm,Culm,Film,Palm,Qualm,Realm,Telefilm,Microfilm English Words beginning with ‘rh’ ‘h’ is silent when it is behind ‘r’. Rho,Rhea,Rheme,Rheum,Rhino,Rhomb,Rhumb,Rhyme,Rhymer,Rhythm English words beginning with ‘kn’ ‘k’ is silent when it is followed by ‘n’ at the beginning of a word. Knap,Knee,Knew,Kneel,Knife,Knock,Known,Knifes,Knight,Knockout English Words beginning with ‘ps’ ‘p’ is silent in almost all words beginning with ‘ps’ Psst,Psalm,Psych,Pseudo,Psycho,Psychical,Psychosis Silent Letter ‘w’ in English Words beginning with ‘wr’ ‘w’ is silent when it is at the beginning of a word followed by ‘r’. Wry,Wrap,Wrack,Wring,Wrist,Write,Wrong,Wright ....................................................................................................................................... ......