Questions tagged [silent-letter]

This tag is for questions about letters that, in a particular word, don't correspond to any sound in the word's pronunciation.

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How are silent letters important?

Some words use silent letters in the spelling. I often ask myself: why are they used? English is a global language and it is changing day-by-day. Even if I have to believe they exist as they were in ...
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When is 'h' silent and when is it not?

When is 'h' silent and when is it not? For example, we pronounce Thailand as Tailand. Also, Lufthansa is pronounced Luft/Hansa. In both cases th is not pronounced as it usually is. Can anyone give ...
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Is the 's' or the 'c' silent on scent?

Which of the first two letters on the word 'scent' is silent? if 's' is silent, the word cent is pronounced like we pronounce 'scent' if the 'c' is silent, the word is still pronounced the same, ...
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Can a silent letter be employed?

In my question on silent e, ctype.h's answer includes this: A silent e is often employed to modify the pronunciation of the preceding vowel, functioning much like a diacritic would in many other ...
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Apart from “psychology” and “pneumonia” are there other words in which “p” is not pronounced? [closed]

Apart from "psychology" and "pneumonia" are there other words in which the letter "p" is not pronounced? I've tried to get examples of some of them apart from these two words, but I didn't find any.
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How can I guess if some letter in some word is silent or not?

I was thinking about two particular words "Tsunami" and "gnarl". Both of them seems almost impossible to be pronounced by me (the ts and gn part). I guess this is because my tongue is not habituated ...
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It was a tough question. I thought it through, though. Rules for 'ough'?

Is there a rule, or rules, for how to pronounce ough? trough (short o, gh pronounced f), thought (short o, silent gh), though (long o, silent gh), through (oo, silent gh), tough (...
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When to pronounce 'e'?

Many words have the silent 'e' on the end. How can I tell whether I should pronounce the 'e' or not? Is there a rule for this?
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Are 'bud' and 'butt' pronounced identically in American English accent?

Just for clarification, I'm more uncertain of the way the vowel after /b/ is pronounced in the two words and if it's the same in both words, rather than the ending consonant(s), although I would ...
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“P” is always droped out from words that starts with “ps”?

Is it true to say that in English always when word starts with "P+S", the the letter p is drooped out of pronunciation and become silent? I know about some words which behave like that, such as ...