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Words with letter H



gloriawpai
Brazil

Words with letter H
 
Could anyone tell me why some words with the letter h are voiceless, such as honest, hour, ..etc and on the other hand, such as happy, high, hello, ...are not.

Thanks!

24 Mar 2012      



ueslteacher
Ukraine

those with voiceless "h" are probably of a French origin due to the Norman conquest in 1066, I guess:)

24 Mar 2012     



guapabr
Brazil

Horror...let me see....honor

25 Mar 2012     



gloriawpai
Brazil

Thanks Sophia!

25 Mar 2012     



kodora
Greece

Have a look at this:
http://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/other/silent/silent.htm
It contains lists of words with silent letters
Dora

25 Mar 2012     



gloriawpai
Brazil

Dora, thanks a lot. You gave me a brilliant idea about this subject. I ´ll prepare a lesson about it.

25 Mar 2012     



Titou007
Tunisia

Six words in English have a silent /h/: hour - honest - dishonest - honor - vehicle - heir

25 Mar 2012     



kodora
Greece

I think that gloriawpai meant those beginning with a silent h
The words include:
heir (heirloom)
hour (hourly)
honest (honesty, honestly)
honor (honorary, honorable, honorably, honoree, honoring)

In some dialects
herb (herbal, herbaceous)

In some other words from French or Spanish
hors d ´oeuvres
hombre
Dora

25 Mar 2012     



MarionG
Netherlands

I really am in need of a break.. Here I was trying to figure out which ´H ´ is silent in ´Dora ´
Embarrassed
interesting post, I learn something new everyday, thanks

25 Mar 2012     



kodora
Greece

No,you don ´t need a break.It ´s the one in Theodora!Wink
Thanks Marion for the laugh!

25 Mar 2012     



douglas
United States

In US English "vehicle" does NOT have a silent /h/.

26 Mar 2012