Words with Silent Letters at the Beginning!
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.
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Words with Silent Letters at the Beginning