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    Question when (H) is silent?

    Hello everybody

    I would ask why the litter (H) becomes silent in some words
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    · hour
    · honest
    · Christmases
    · mechanic
    · technical



    Are there any rules about it ?

    Please I want to know that is my spelling problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layo0ol View Post
    Hello everybody

    I would ask why the litter (H) becomes silent in some words
    For Example:


    · hour
    · honest
    · Christmases
    · mechanic
    · technical



    Are there any rules about it ?

    Please I want to know that is my spelling problem
    It's generally for etymological / historical reasons.
    It's not only 'h'. Most letters can be silent on odd occasions.
    a - roar
    b - doubt
    c - track
    ...

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    Default Re: when (H) is silent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Layo0ol View Post
    Are there any rules about it ?
    Maybe this helps to identify when 'h' can be silent.

    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 17:49. Reason: delete ´herb´

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    It's chiefly Americans who think the h is silent in 'herb'! (Over 'ere we say /hɜ:b/ )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's chiefly Americans who think the h is silent in 'herb'! (Over 'ere we say /hɜ:b/ )

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    Oops! You´re right. Gimson´s pronounciation of English doesn´t consider ´herb´, I took it from another source.

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    hey, guys

    Iam also had the same problem , I don't know when H is silent

    please if there are a rules for that share us

    Thanks

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    Default Re: when (H) is silent?

    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.

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