Silent bs and double ts

In English, the silent letters often wreak havoc with pronunciation. Silent bs can be particularly problematic:

  • debt
  • subtle
  • dumb
  • comb
  • tomb
  • thumb
  • bomb, bomber, bombing, bombs – most problematic for Swedish speakers since Swedish has the word ‘bomb’ and most Swedish teachers of English teach bomb with the second b pronounced.

Another small obstacle is that English words with two sets of ts can often also be difficult

  • negotiation
  • consultative
  • competitive
  • competitiveness
  • administrative
  • adaptation
  • forestation
  • deforestation
  • reforestation
  • adaptation
  • reputation

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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