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Silent letters in English

Many words in English have silent letters.
Silent letters are letters that are not pronounced, but are there when you write the word.
Here is a list of common words with silent letters from A to Z.

Silent letters Words containing silent letters
B aplomb, bomb, climb, comb, crumb, debt, doubt, dumb, jamb, lamb, limb,
numb, plumb, subtle, succumb, thumb, tomb, womb
C abscess, ascend, ascent, crescent; descend; descent, disciple, fascinate, fluorescent, incandescent, isosceles, luminescent, miscellaneous, muscle, obscene, resuscitate,  scenario, scene, scent, science, scissors, sclerosis,
D handkerchief, handful, handsome, Wednesday,
G align, assign, benign, campaign, champagne, cologne, consign, deign, design, feign, foreign, gnarl, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome, gnu, high, light, reign, resign, sign, though, through
H ache, aghast, anchor, archeology, architect, archives, chaos, character, charisma, chemical, chemist, chemotherapy, chlorine, choir, chorale, cholera, chord, choreography, chorus, Christian, Christmas, chrome, echo, ghastly, ghost, heir, honest, honour, hour, loch, mechanic, mechanical, melancholy, monarch, monochrome, orchestra, orchid, psychic, psychiatrist, psychology, rhyme, rhythm, scheme, school, stomach, technical, technique, technology, thyme
K knack, knapsack, knave, knead, knee, kneel, knell, knew, knickers, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knoll, knot, know, knowledge, knuckle
L balk, balm, calf, calm, chalk, folk, half, palm, psalm, salmon, should, talk, walk, would, yolk
N autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn
P coup, pneumatic, pneumonia, pseudo, psyche, psychedelic, psychiatrist, psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychotic, receipt
S aisle, apropos, bourgeois, debris, fracas, island, isle, viscount
T apostle, bristle, bustle, castle, Christmas, fasten, glisten, hustle, jostle, listen, moisten, mortgage, nestle, ricochet, rustle, soften, thistle, trestle, whistle, wrestle
U baguette, biscuit, build, building, catalogue, colleague, dialogue, circuit, disguise, guess, guest, guide, guild, guile, guillotine, guilt, guise, guitar, rogue, tongue
W answer, awry, playwright, sword, two, whole, wrack, wrangle, wrap, wrath, wreath, wreck, wren, wrench, wrestle, wretch, wriggle, wring, wrinkle, wrist, write, writhe, wrong, wrote, wrought, wrung, wry

See also: Intonation and stress 

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