Student or Learner
I want to know when I consider a letter is silent if it's the first time to read and see. Is there any specific rules? and why even do we write silent letters if we don't use and pronounce them?
Ex: LisTen, Psychological, Hour,iSland, aiSle and so on.
And are all the wrods starting with KN like know, knife, knock The K not pronounced?
Thank you in advance.
(1) What a wonderful question.
(2) I read that hundreds of years ago, the people in England
DID pronounce the "k" in words such as "knife." So "knife" used to be
pronounced with three syllables.
(3) Over time, the English people decided to pronounce it the
way we pronounce it today, but they never changed the
(4) English spelling, of course, is very "interesting."
(5) There have been many people who have tried to change
the spelling of certain words, but I think that most English speakers
are happy. Maybe they just get used to it.
(a) For example, many years ago, an American newspaper started to
spell "night" as "nite." But most people like "night." And people use
"thru" usually only in "drive-thru" window at the restaurant when a driver
can drive up to a window and order food. S/he never has to leave the
car!!! But we still usually use "through."
(6) There are many books and Web articles about English spelling.
The more you read, the better your spelling will be because your
eyes will become accustomed to certain spellings.
***** Thank you.
Last edited by TheParser; 08-Jul-2010 at 20:53.
Thank you guys.
A new information I got here.