Silent letters from A to Z list and examples for each letter
Silent letters English lesson
This lesson shows a small list of the silent letters from A to Z and is designed to use as a guide to help you pronounce words.
What is the definition of a silent letter?
A silent letter is left unpronounced, such as the d in handkerchief, the n in autumn and the p in cupboard. When talking fast, silent words like t are very lightly pronounced in words like Christmas, mountain and little.
Are there a lot of silent words in the English language?
Sadly yes. It is rumoured that as much as 60% of words in the English language have a silent letter in them. This makes spelling a lot more difficult for learners and even some native speakers.
Silent letters from A to Z
A - artistically, logically, musically, romantically, stoically
B - comb, climb, debt, plumber, tomb, subtle, dumb, bomb, doubt, , numb, subpoena, thumb, womb.
C - acquire, acquit, blackguard, connecticut, czar, muscle, scissors, victual
CH - yacht
D - handkerchief, Wednesday Wednesday (commonly said Wens-day)
E - plaque. veqetable (veg'tab'I), bridge, clothes. When on the end of a word, it changes the pronunciation of the word, but the -e is silent.
F - halfpenny
G - align, alight, champagne, diaphragm, gnash, gnaw, high, light,reign, though
GH - right, drought, eight, weigh, etc.
H - choir, exchast, hour, honour, honest, herb, rhyme, rhythm, thyme, Thailand
I - business, parliament
J - NONE
K - blackguard.
KN -words, the k is silent: know, knot, knee, knife, knight, knock.
L - calm, folk, salmon, talk, walk, could, should, would, folk, half, calf.
M - mnemonic.
N - autumn, chimney, column, damn, damn, government, solemn.
O- colonel, sophomore, opossum
P - corps, coup, cupboard, pneumonia, psalm, raspberry, receipt, coup
Q - (NONE)
R - butter, finger, surprise
S - aisle, island, debris, isle, patios, viscount.
T - beret, Chevrolet, depot, listen, whistle, wrestle, trestle, mortgage, apostle
(When talking fast, the t is very lightly pronounced in words like Christmas, mountain and little)
TH - asthma, isthmus, north, Easter
W - who, whole, write, wrong, two, sword, wrist, answer
X - faux
Y - (NONE)
Z - rendezvous
9 - sign, gnat, gnu, foreign
Silent letters can be heard depending on a persons accent.
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