Silent letters are letters that are not pronounced in a word. There are many silent letters in English including the letter 'e' at the end of a word, the letter 'b' following 'm' and many, many more. Here are a few examples:
Here is a list of common letter combinations with silent letters in alphabetical order. This list contains most of the silent letters that give English as a second language students difficulties.
B is not pronounced when following M at the end of a word.
C is not pronounced in the ending "scle"
D is not pronounced in the following common words:
E is not pronounced at the end of words and usually makes the vowel long.
G is not often not pronounced when followed by an N
GH is not pronounced before T and at the end of many words
H is not pronounced when following W. Some speakers whisper the H before the W.
H is not pronounced at the beginning of many words. Use the article "an" with unvoiced H. Here are some of the most common:
H is pronounced at the beginning of these common words. Use the article "a" with voiced H.
K is not pronounced when followed by N at the beginning of a word.
L is often not pronounced before L, D, F, M, K.
N is not pronounced following M at the end of a word.
P is not pronounced at the beginning of many words using the suffix "psych" and "pneu".
S is not pronounced before L in the following words:
T is not pronounced in these common words:
U is not pronounced before after G and before a vowel.
W is not pronounced at the beginning of a word followed by an R.
W is not pronounced with these three pronouns: