English Words with Silent Letters

Here is a list of common letter combinations with silent letters. This list contains most of the silent letters that give English as a second language students difficulties.

You may type these English words  HERE 1 or HERE-2 or HERE-3
one by one and listen to the proper pronunciations

Silent B

B is not pronounced when following M at the end of a word.

climb,climb,dumb,comb

Silent C

C is not pronounced in the ending “scle”

muscle

Silent D

D is not pronounced in the following common words:

handkerchief,Wednesday

Silent E

E is not pronounced at the end of words and usually makes the vowel long.

hope,drive,gave,write,site

Silent G

G is not often not pronounced when followed by an N

champagne,foreign,sign,feign

Silent GH

GH is not pronounced before T and at the end of many words

thought,through,daughter,light,might,right,fight,weigh

Silent H

H is not pronounced when following W. Some speakers whisper the H before the W.

what,when,where,whether,why

Silent H

H is not pronounced at the beginning of many words. Use the article “an” with unvoiced H. Here are some of the most common:

hour,honest,honor,heir,herb

 

Silent K

K is not pronounced when followed by N at the beginning of a word.

knife,knee,know,knock,knowledge

Silent L

L is often not pronounced before L, D, F, M, K.

calm,half,salmon,talk,balk,would,should

Silent N

N is not pronounced following M at the end of a word.

autumn,hymn

Silent P

P is not pronounced at the beginning of many words using the suffix “psych” and “pneu”.

psychiatrist,pneumonia,psychotherapy,psychotic

Silent S

S is not pronounced before L in the following words:

island,isle

Silent T

T is not pronounced in these common words:

castle,Christmas,fasten,isten,often,whistle,thistle

Silent U

U is not pronounced before after G and before a vowel.

guess,guidance,guitar,guest

Silent W

W is not pronounced at the beginning of a word followed by an R

wrap,write,wrong

Silent W

W is not pronounced with these three pronouns:

who,whose,whom

Vowels are often “silent” when paired with other vowels (digraphs), or can affect the pronunciation of other vowels without being sounded themselves.

Silent A

  • In EA words — each, peach, teach, team, bean, cleave, heave, lead (verb or primary position), fear, gear, bread, meant
  • In AI words – aisle
  • In OA or AO words — boar, coal, loan, float, cocoa, pharaoh,

Silent E

  • Ending words with vowel-consonant-vowel — care, fate, fete, kite, like, dole, hone, dote, cute, fuse, butte,
  • In EA words — bear, pear, tear, lead (element)
  • In EI words — heist, feisty
  • In EU words — feud, eugenics, euphemism
  • In OE words — shoe, toe
  • In UE words — fuel, hue, queue

Silent I

  • In AI words– bail, pail, tail, lain, paint, bait, aileron, maize
  • In EI and IE words — deceive, believe, retrieve
  • In IO words — fashion, cushion
  • In UI words — juice, sluice, suit

Silent O (other than OU as ow, or oo as in rouge, roulette)

  • EO words — jeopardy, leopard, people
  • OU words — country, southern

Silent U (other than OU as ow, or oo as in rouge, roulette)

  • AU words : gauge, laugh, guard
  • UE words : guess, guest, league, plague, tongue, catalogue
  • UI words : guide, guile, guilt, build, guitar
  • Other words through usage : business (U sounds like I)

 

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