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    Silent "b"

    When is "b" silent in words? It's silent in "climb," "plumber" and "thumb," but it's pronounced is "thimble".

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    Re: Silent "b"

    Dumb, debt and subtle. Here's a comprehensive list of English words with silent letters. In future, please Google such questions before posting them here. You can post a link to what you find if you think it's generally interesting.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Silent "b"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    And it's silent in dumber but pronounced in lumber, silent in climber but pronounced in limber.

    mb at the end of a word and any words formed from that word is generally pronounced /m/. In other places, it is generally /mb/.

    I'm sure somebody will come up with some exceptions.

    Yes, I was wondering if there is a certain rule.

    "And it's silent in dumber but pronounced in lumber, silent in climber but pronounced in limber" - then there are no rules. Only this one: "mb at the end of a word and any words formed from that word is generally pronounced /m/. In other places, it is generally /mb/." I used the word "climb" and "thumb" and it's exactly at the end of them.

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    Re: Silent "b"

    Looking for rules to English pronunciation will, ultimately, drive you insane!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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