The Complete List of
English Spelling Rules
6: Silent G and Silent P
this series of lessons, you will learn useful spelling rules
This lesson talks about two letters that are sometimes silent in
will look at some common words and letter combinations in which these
letters are not pronounced.
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For example, the policeman is holding a stop sign
In this word, the g
is silent. Only the n
at the end of the word is pronounced.
In fact, you will find the -gn
combination at the end of many English words. When this combination
appears at the
very end of a word
, the g
is not pronounced.
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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,
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
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So, let's review what we have learned about the silent g
- 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
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