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Silent Letters at the Beginning and at the End of Words

Some English words have silent letters. Find out more about them and try to guess the word being described in our task.

Today in class we were talking about how English words often have silent letters. The letter is there when we spell it but not when we pronounce it. For example, in the word knife, we do not pronounce the k at the beginning and in the word bomb we do not pronounce the b at the end. We have silent letters in English either because the pronunciation has changed (we used to pronounce the k in the word knife) or because we have borrowed the word from another lanuage and have changed the pronunciation (we pronounce the Japanese word tsunami without the t).

Read the definitions of the 10 words that either have a silent letter at the beginning or the end. What words are being described? For example: a tool for cutting food = knife.

  1. The feeling if you do not wear gloves on a very cold day
  2. One of the four seasons
  3. Part of your leg
  4. It keeps your hair neat and tidy
  5. All the information in your brain
  6. A small piece of cheese or butter
  7. A baby sheep 
  8. A song sung by the church choir 
  9. Part of your hand 
  10. To be very serious 

 

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Answers

  1. The feeling if you do not wear gloves on a very cold day = numb
  2. One of the four seasons = Autumn
  3. Part of your leg = knee
  4. It keeps your hair neat and tidy = comb
  5. All the information in your brain = knowledge
  6. A small piece of cheese or butter = knob
  7. A baby sheep = lamb
  8. A song sung by the church choir = hymn
  9. Part of your hand = thumb
  10. To be very serious = solemn