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I would ask why the litter (H) becomes silent in some words
Are there any rules about it ?
Please I want to know that is my spelling problem
H is not pronounced initially in heir, honest, honour, hour;
medially in exhausted, exhilarating, exhibit, vehicle, vehement;
after g or r gherkin, ghostly, ghastly, rheum, rhyme;
at the end of a word myrrh, halleluiah;
preceded by a vowel ah, oh;
in some final suffixes shepherd, Durham, Clapham;
and sometimes after t isthmus.
Last edited by mara_ce; 05-Mar-2010 at 18:49. Reason: delete ´herb´
It's chiefly Americans who think the h is silent in 'herb'! (Over 'ere we say /hɜ:b/ )
Iam also had the same problem , I don't know when H is silent
please if there are a rules for that share us
In words of Latin/French origin starting with 'h', the 'h' is silent: honour, honest, hour (heure), hors d'oevres etc.
In Anglo-Saxon words, you pronounce the 'h': horse, hog, help, have, has, had, he, her, his, here, happy, hairy etc.
Naturally, there'll be the odd exception.