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English Grammar for ESL learners


Silent letters in English


Many words in English have silent letters.
Silent letters are letters that are not pronounced, but are there when you write the word.
Here is a list of common words with silent letters from A to Z.

Silent letters Words containing silent letters
B aplomb, bomb, climb, comb, crumb, debt, doubt, dumb, jamb, lamb, limb,
numb, plumb, subtle, succumb, thumb, tomb, womb

C abscess, ascend, ascent, crescent; descend; descent, disciple, fascinate, fluorescent, incandescent, isosceles, luminescent, miscellaneous, muscle, obscene, resuscitate,  scenario, scene, scent, science, scissors, sclerosis,

D handkerchief, handful, handsome, Wednesday,

G align, assign, benign, campaign, champagne, cologne, consign, deign, design, feign, foreign, gnarl, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome, gnu, reign, resign, sign
 
H ache, aghast, anchor, archeology, architect, archives, chaos, character, charisma, chemical, chemist, chemotherapy, chlorine, choir, chorale, cholera, chord, choreography, chorus, Christian, Christmas, chrome, echo, ghastly, ghost, heir, honest, honour, hour, loch, mechanic, mechanical, melancholy, monarch, monochrome, orchestra, orchid, psychic, psychiatrist, psychology, rhyme, rhythm, scheme, school, stomach, technical, technique, technology, thyme
 
K knack, knapsack knave, knead, knee, kneel, knell, knew, knickers, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knoll, knot, know, knowledge, knuckle
 
L balk, balm, calf, calm, chalk, folk, half, palm, psalm, salmon, talk, walk, yolk

N autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn

P coup, pneumatic, pneumonia, pseudo, psyche, psychedelic, psychiatrist, psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychotic, receipt
 
S aisle, apropos, bourgeois, debris, fracas, island, isle, viscount
   
T apostle, bristle, bustle, castle, fasten, glisten, hustle, jostle, listen, moisten, mortgage, nestle, ricochet, rustle, soften, thistle, trestle, whistle, wrestle
   
U baguette, biscuit, build, catalogue, colleague, dialogue, circuit, disguise, guess, guest, guide, guild, guile, guillotine, guilt, guise, guitar, rogue, tongue
W answer, awry, playwright, sword, t wo, whole, wrack, wrangle, wrap, wrath, wreath, wreck, wren, wrench, wrestle, wretch, wriggle, wring, wrinkle, wrist, write, writhe, wrong, wrote, wrought, wrung, wry


See also: Intonation and stress 


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Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.