Silent Letters in English from A to Z

English is full of silent letters

The English language has a lot of silent letters. Silent letters cause difficulties for both native speakers and English learners, because they make the spelling of words different from their pronunciation.

Here’s a list of common words with silent letters from A to Z!

Silent A

artistically, logically, musically, romantically, stoically

Silent B

climb, comb, crumbs, debt, doubt, numb, subtle, thumb, tomb

Silent C

acquire, muscle, scissors

Silent D

Wednesday, sandwich, handsome, edge, bridge

Silent E

hate, name, like, breathe

Silent F

(no words)

Silent G

sign, champagne, gnaw, high, light, reign, though, through

Silent H

honest, ghost, heir, hour, what, whether

Silent I


Silent J

(no words)

Silent K

knead, knife, knight, knock, knot, know

Silent L

would, should, calf, half, salmon, talk, yolk

Silent M


Silent N

autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn

Silent O


Silent P

corps, coup, pneumonia, psychology, receipt

Silent Q

(no words)

Silent R

(no words in American English. However, British English has some silent Rs)

Silent S

aisle, island, debris, apropos, bourgeois

Silent T

asthma, ballet, castle, gourmet, listen, rapport, ricochet, soften

Silent U

colleague, guess, guard, guide, guilt, guitar, tongue

Silent V

(no words)

Silent W

answer, sword, two, whole, wrist, write, who

Silent X

faux pas

Faux pas is a word of French origin. It means a “social mistake” or “inconsiderate action in a social situation.” Example: “Not inviting his mother-in-law to the party was a serious faux pas.”

Silent Y

(no words)

Silent Z


Rendezvous is another word of French origin, meaning “a meeting or appointment at a specified time and place.” Alternatively, it can mean “place of meeting.” Example: “Bob and I have planned a rendezvous this weekend so that our families can get to know each other.”

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