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Words with silent letters

Silent words
Here's quick list with of common words with silent letters. These are rules and examples from "The Spelling Skills Handbook", By John Barwick and Jenny Barwick*.


  • Silent b: comb, crumb, debt, doubt, dumb, lamb, limb, numb, thumb
  • Silent c: conscious, muscle, scene, science, scissors
  • Silent d: friendship, grandfather, handkerchief, Wednesday, windmill (The d in these words is still sometimes pronounced, but it is becoming less common).
  • Silent e: base, bite, hide, ice, large, life, mistake, name, owe, pale
  • Silent g: align, campaign, design, foreign, gnat, gnaw, gnome, reign, resign, sign
  • Silent h: exhibit, ghost, ghoul, honest, honour, hour, rhyme, rhythm, spaghetti
  • Silent l: almond, calf, calm, chalf, could, folk, half, talk, walk
  • Silent n: autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn
  • Silent p: corps, coup, cupboard, pneumonia, psalm, psychiatrist, psychic, psychology, raspberry, receipt
  • Silent r: car, care, certain, early, for, government, nature, north, oar, offered
  • Silent s: aisle, chassis, corps, debris, viscount
  • Silent t: ballet, bouquet, castle, debut, fasten, depot, listen, often, ricochet, whistle
  • Silent u: guard, guess, guest, guide, guitar
  • Silent w: answer, know, saw, sword, who, whole, wrap, wrestle, wrist
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