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Hello everyone,

Could you please tell me if I correctly selected the silent letters in the following words?

1. Whistle

In the above word, "h", "t", and "e" are silent".

2. Write

In the above word, "w" and "e" are silent.

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Joseph A

Hello everyone,

Could you please tell me if I correctly selected the silent letters in the following words?

1. Whistle

In the above word, "h", "t", and "e" are silent".

2. Write

In the above word, "w" and "e" are silent.

Correct in both cases.

'whistle' is in the castle family: castle, trestle, wrestle, thistle, bristle, whistle, hustle, bustle, rustle, ...

'whistle' is also in the when family: when, where, which, whimper, ...

'write' is in the knife family: knife, knell, gnaw, gnat, write, wrench, pneumatic, psychotic, pterodactyl, mnemonic, whole, who (silent first letter)

CJ


Note: There are still some people in some places who pronounce the 'h' in when-family words, but the 'h' sound becomes the first sound in the word:

hwen, hwich, hwisl, etc.

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CalifJimCorrect in both cases.'whistle' is in the castle family: castle, trestle, wrestle, thistle, bristle, whistle, hustle, bustle, rustle, ...'whistle' is also in the when family: when, where, which, whimper, ...'write' is in the knife family: knife, knell, gnaw, gnat, write, wrench, pneumatic, psychotic, pterodactyl, mnemonic, whole, who (silent first letter)CJNote: There are still some people in some places who pronounce the 'h' in when-family words, but the 'h' sound becomes the first sound in the word:hwen, hwich, hwisl, etc.

Thanks a lot, CalifJim.

My problem is with the last "e" in both words. In sunrise11/activity book, there is an exercise about phonetics. The exercise says, "Mark the silent letters in the following word (something like this)". One of the words is "write". The guide book only selected "w" but not "e". I am sure the last "e" isn't pronounced, but I didn't know why it wasn't selected. Is the answer of the guidebook wrong?

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Joseph AOne of the words is "write". The guide book only selected "w" but not "e". I am sure the last "e" isn't pronounced, but I didn't know why it wasn't selected. Is the answer of the guidebook wrong?

The guidebook is wrong. There is no doubt about this.

The final 'e' may be regarded as a pronunciation guide, because it indicates the quality of the preceding vowel ('i'), but the 'e' itself is not pronounced. It is silent.

CJ

CalifJimThe guidebook is wrong. There is no doubt about this.The final 'e' may be regarded as a pronunciation guide, because it indicates the quality of the preceding vowel ('i'), but the 'e' itself is not pronounced. It is silent.CJ
Thanks a lot, CalifJim.
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