Words with Silent Letters at the Beginning

Words with Silent Letters at the Beginning!

Silent letters

Often the silent letters in English are actually diacritic letters. This means that instead of pronouncing, they change the pronunciation of another letter. Compare the words ‘fin’ and ‘fine’. ‘E’ is not pronounced, but it changes by extending the length of the vowel.

Purpose of Silent letter

Silent letters can distinguish between homophones, e.g. in / guest house; be / bee; lent / leant. This is useful for students who already know both words. Silent letters can provide insight into the meaning or origin of a word. The result is a series of words written in a way that seems very different from its sound. Many of these rare ‘silent’ books are due to English language history. Not only did they introduce a lot of words to the invaders, such as French, Latin, and Norse, but the conservation of sounds at the end of the English language meant that certain words while retaining their old forms of spelling, were refined and softened.

Silent Letters List

There are over 90 words in English that start with a silent letter.

Words 

 

Silent Letter

 

Yolkl
Writeu
Wristw
Wouldl
Wholew
whow
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Tongueu
Talkl
Swordw
Solemnn
Softent
Shouldl
Salmonl
Ricochett
Receiptp
Rapportt
Psychologyp
Pneumoniap
Mnemonicm
Listent
Knowk
Knotk
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Knightk
Knifek
kneedk
Islands
Hymnn
Halfl
Guitaru
Guiltu
Guideu
Guessu
Guardu
Gourmett
Debriss
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Coupp
Corpsp
Condemnn
Colleagueu
Castlet
Calfl
Businessi
Bourgeoiss
Ballett
Autumnn
Autumnn
Asthmat
Aproposs
Answerw
Aisles

 

Words with Silent Letters at the Beginning