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    Default Silent "H" at the beginning of a word

    The "H" at the beginning of a word is almost always pronounced, but there are just a few exceptions:

    - Hour
    - Heir
    - Honor
    - Honest

    And derived words as well, such as hourly, heiress, honesty, etc.

    Can you think of any other exceptions to this rule?

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    Default Re: Silent "H" at the beginning of a word

    Quote Originally Posted by francot View Post
    The "H" at the beginning of a word is almost always pronounced, but there are just a few exceptions:

    - Hour
    - Heir
    - Honor
    - Honest

    And derived words as well, such as hourly, heiress, honesty, etc.

    Can you think of any other exceptions to this rule?
    - Hybrid....
    Last edited by jacosta; 12-28-2018 at 05:00 PM.

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    Default Re: Silent "H" at the beginning of a word

    Quote Originally Posted by jacosta View Post
    - Hybrid....
    The H is not silent in hybrid. XD

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    Default Re: Silent "H" at the beginning of a word

    Another exception, but not at the beginning is "vehicule".

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    What's a "vehicule" by the way?

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    Default Re: Silent "H" at the beginning of a word

    Sorry. I meant "vehicle"

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    I believe there's a variety of English in which the Hs at the beginning of the word are silent most of the time. Say, for the word "home," instead of saying /həʊm/, it is said /əʊm/ But I really don't know which one it is.

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    Default Re: Silent "H" at the beginning of a word

    Could you be thinking of Cockney English? As in "Well, ´ello, there. ´Ow´s about you come to my ´ouse?"

    While we´re on the subject, cockney rhyming slang is also fascinating. Very difficult to follow. They take a word that rhymes, and then pick a synonym or related word to separate it by another degree. "Head" rhymes with "bread," which becomes "loaf." So your head is your loaf!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will_S View Post
    Could you be thinking of Cockney English? As in "Well, ´ello, there. ´Ow´s about you come to my ´ouse?"

    While we´re on the subject, cockney rhyming slang is also fascinating. Very difficult to follow. They take a word that rhymes, and then pick a synonym or related word to separate it by another degree. "Head" rhymes with "bread," which becomes "loaf." So your head is your loaf!
    Whaaaat? Guess you need to be a cockney not to feel lost O.O

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