How to pronounce words with Silent Letters in English

How to pronounce words with Silent Letters in English

How do you pronounce these three words- Climb, Comb, Womb? All these three words have silent letters. Letters that are written but not pronounced. Unlike many other languages like Spanish, all the letters aren’t pronounced in English. In this lesson, you can learn about silent letters in the English language.

Here are some common words that have a silent letter in them.

Silent “B” = the letter “b” is silent when words end with the combination MB. Here, there are 16 such words with the silent “b”. If you know any more, please add them in the comment below.

Climb – The car slowly climbed the hill.
Thumb – He smiled & raised a thumb in greeting.
Crumb – He didn’t even leave any crumbs on his plate.
Dumb – He was dumb enough to ask that question.
Lamb – A leg of lamb.
Limb – I stretched my limbs lazily as I sat up.
Womb – The baby growing in her womb.
Bomb – Police suspect terrorists planted the bomb.
Tomb – He has visited all the famous tombs.
Numb – My fingers are beginning to go numb.
Succumb – She succumbed to the injury.
Comb – She ran a comb through her tangled hair.
Subtle – She has dropped subtle hints about her relationship.
Doubt – There is no doubt that we did the right thing.
Debt – I need to pay off all my debts.

Silent “C” = The letter “C” is not often pronounced in a combination with SC & the letters “K” & “Q”. If you know any more such words, please add them in the comment below.

Scissors – These scissors don’t cut very well.
Ascent – The flight steepened its ascent.
Fascinate – India has always fascinated me.
Muscle – He felt every muscle in his body tighten.
Block – The wall was made from massive blocks of stones.
Lock – Did you lock the door?

Silent “D” = The letter “D” is often silent when it comes before the letters N & G.

Wednesday – I do laundry on Wednesday.
Pledge – I pledge to support the new plan.
Grudge – I bear him no grudge.
Cadge – I cadged the lift onto the city center.


If you know any more such words, please add them in the comment below.

Silent “E” = When words end with a letter”e” it is usually not pronounced.

Hate – She hates the way she is criticized.
Name – Please write your full name.
Like – It tastes rather like chicken.
Breathe – The air was so cold we could hardly breathe.
Bike – I usually go to work by bike.
Table – She took a seat at the end of the table.
Drive – I drove to work this morning.
Gave – I gave him a book for his birthday.

If you know any more words, with the silent letter “d” please add them in the comment below.

Silent “F” = There are no words with silent “F”.

Silent “G” = The letter “G” is often silent when a letter “N” is used after it.

Foreign – He spoke with a foreign accent.
Reign – The house was built during the reign of Henry VIII.
Resign – My father resigned from his directorship last year.
Design – The system has a fundamental design flaw.
Benign – Her face was gentle and benign.
Campaign – the recent presidential campaign.
Consignment – A consignment of goods was sent from the factory.

Silent “GH” = When a letter “T” is used after “GH” it is not pronounced.

Thought – I’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject.
Drought – plants that can withstand drought.
Through – The doctor pushed his way through the crowd.
Daughter – They have three grown-up daughters.
Might- It might not be too late to save the building.
Rough – Trim rough edges with a sharp knife.

That’s all in this lesson, you can read the second post about the silent letters from H to Z here.

You can find more free lessons on pronunciation here.

Examples courtesy Oxford dictionary.

If you know any more words with silent letters mentioned above, please add them in the comment below.