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The Silent Letter in English

Silent Letters is a kind of letters which may causes many people to be reluctant and find it difficult in learning English. Silent Letters are letters that are not pronounced, they exist but are not pronounced. It causes the writing to differ from the reading.

Silent letter is a non-formal term for certain letters in unread English words. There are two types of silent letters, namely Auxiliary Letters and Dummy Letters.

  1. Auxiliary Letters

Auxiliary letters are part of a series of letters in which the letters was one letter only to pronounce as the representative. Such as:

  • /th/ there
  • /th/ thing
  • /sh/ share
  1. Dummy Letters

Dummy letters are letters that can be heard or not when pronounced depending on the word called. Commonly referred to as inert letters. Example:

  • Resign. G is not read
  • Malign. G is not read
  • Malignant. G is not read

Apart from inert letters, there are also empty letters which are included as dummy letters. The letters in the empty letter are completely unreadable when pronounced or pronounced in a sentence, both consonants and vowels.

Silent letter examples of consonants:

  • Dumb, thumbs. B is not read
  • Indict. C is not read
  • Yachts. Ch is not read
  • Ledge, edge. D is not read
  • Resign, design. G is not read
  • Knee, you know. K is not read
  • Mnemonic. M not read
  • Autumn, column. N is not read
  • Raspberries. P is not read
  • Castle, listen. T is not read
  • Answer, wreck. W is not read

Those are several explanations and example of Silent Letter in English. In order to master it really well, we as the language learner should practice it a lot.


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Miftahul Hamim
English Lecturer | BINUS Malang
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