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    Why does the kn- make a n- sound?

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    Re: kn-

    It did make a /kn/ sound once. Most words spelt kn- came into English from Norman French; "knife" - once spelt "knyf"- is related to the modern French canif.

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    English was formed from so many different languages, and has borrowed from so many others, that the spelling can seem confusing. But "kn-" words are quite consistent; the "k" is just a written fossil; the sound is /n/ .

    Last edited by BobK; 19-Jan-2007 at 18:19. Reason: Clarified

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    Re: kn-

    These sound exactly the same: know and no.


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