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I'm doing an exercise, which says find the silent letters in some words. one of them is "OFFICE"

  1. Does this word have 1 or 2 silent letters? The final 'E'     Or     final 'E' + one of 'F's
  2. Are double letters considered one sound? if yes, Do they have any roles? for example putting stress there!

Consider the word 'aim'. Is that "i" considered silent letter? what about "steak". is that "a" useless and let's say that 'e' is making the 'eɪ' sound? these are many words like this. veil, may, rain, awful(NAmer)

  • +1 Interesting question. I don't think double letters qualify as silent letters unless both are silent because (1) it could be argued that both make a sound, they're just 'joined together'; and (2) I don't see a good reason for calling one silent and the other not. Another issue you might want to consider is whether letters that modify the sounds of others are truly silent - e.g. us vs use. – Lawrence Oct 18 '16 at 6:52
  • As your questions indicate, the term "silent letter" is impossible to define precisely. You should just ask whoever assigned the exercise to give a clear description of whatever definition you're meant to use. – sumelic Oct 18 '16 at 7:10
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_letter#English contains a detailed list of different types of silent letters. – Barmar Oct 19 '16 at 21:52
  • Just out of curiosity, which f do you think is silent? – Airymouse Oct 23 '16 at 3:21

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