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Silent letters ‘h’, ‘k’

  • Many words in English have silent letters.
  • Spoken language changes faster than written language.
  • The following words have a letter in them which was probably sounded many years ago but no longer is.
  • Silent letters are not sounded but are still needed for accurate spelling.
  • Vowels are the letters ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’, ‘u’, all other letters are consonants.

 

Silent ‘h’ often follows ‘c’ (hard ‘c’ sounding ‘k’).

Silent ‘h’ often follows ‘c’ (hard ‘c’ sounding ‘k’).

Silent ‘k’ is always followed by ‘n’ and the ‘n’ is always followed by a vowel.

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