When someone is from a different country, we say that they are foreign.
As you know, many people who are learning a new language go to a foreign
country to study.
Because this word ends in -gn,
is pronounced, but the g
Here are some more common words that follow this pattern:
Also, the words cologne
which end in -gne,
follow the same rule for pronunciation. The g is silent, and
only the n
is pronounced. The e
at the end is a kind of "magic" e, so it is also silent.
You will also find many common words in English that begin with gn-. In this case,
the g is
For example, a gnat
is an insect that looks like a very large mosquito.
In this word, the g
is silent. We only pronounce the sound of the letter n at the beginning
Here are some other words that follow the same rule:
Another letter that is often silent at the beginning of words is the
For example, a psychiatrist
is a special kind of doctor that helps people to solve emotional or
In these words, the p
is silent, but the s
Many words in English begin the same and follow the same pronunciation
There are also a few words in English that begin with the pn- combination. A
good example is pneumatic,
which talks about something that works with air under pressure, or pneumonia,
an illness of the lungs.
One other very common with a silent p is receipt.
This is the little piece of paper you receive to prove that you bought
So, let's review what we have learned about the silent g and p in English:
When a word begins or ends with the gn combination, the g is silent, but the
When a word begins with
ps- or pn-,
the p is