Friday, 7 August 2015

Silent Letters in Words

What is a silent letter? 

A silent letter is a letter that must be included when you write the word even though you don't pronounce it. Over half the alphabet can appear as silent letters in words. They can be found at the beginning, end or middle of the words and, from the sound of the word, you wouldn't know that they were there. 

Example: 

A – silent

Caesar (c-a-e-s-a-r)
Haemoglobin (h-a-e-m-o-g-l-o-b-i-n)

B – silent

Indebted (i-n-d-e-b-t-e-d)
Plumber (p-l-u-m-b-e-r)

C – silent

Sceptre (s-c-e-p-t-r-e)
Scissors (s-c-i-s-s-o-r-s)

D – silent

Budget (b-u-d-g-e-t)
Bridge (b-r-i-d-g-e)

G – silent

Benign (b-e-n-i-g-n)
Design (d-e-s-i-g-n)

H – silent

Honarary (h-o-n-a-r-a-r-y)

K – silent 

Knife (k-n-i-f-e)
Knock (k-n-o-c-k)

L – silent

Alms (a-l-m-s)
Balm (b-a-l-m)

P – silent

Pshychiatrist (p-s-h-y-c-h-i-a-t-r-i-s-t)

T – silent

Tsar (t-s-a-r)
Fasten (f-a-s-t-e-n)

R – silent

Iron (i-r-o-n)
World (w-o-r-l-d)

W – silent

Wrath (w-r-a-t-h)
Wrap (w-r-a-p)

What is a Silent e?

Silent e is the most commonly found silent letter in the alphabet. There are some hard and fast rules for spelling when a word ends with a silent e. When you wish to add a suffix to a word and it ends with a silent e, if the suffix begins with a consonant you don't need to change the stem of the word.

Example: 

force + ful = forceful
manage + ment = management
sincere + ly = sincerely

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