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Silent Letters

Grade 6
Aug 29, 2022

What are Silent Letters? 

Silent letters are letters that you can’t hear when you say the word but are there when you write the word. 

There are silent letters in some English words because we have changed how we pronounce these words over hundreds of years but have kept the spelling. 

For example: Knock  

In the past, people used to say the word with the k sound in the beginning. That would sound very strange to us today. 

  • How do you explain silent letters? 

Silent letters are letters that can’t be heard when the word is spoken.  

For example, in the word ‘sword,’ you don’t pronounce the letter ‘w,’ and the letter ‘h’ is silent in the word ‘ghost.’ 


Can you find the silent letters in these words? 

  • Knife 
  • Wrapper 
  • Wrong 
  • Write 
  • Gnome 


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