One of the most frustrating and interesting things about English is the crazy pronunciation. Silent letters can be particularly difficult. They are there. You can see them. But you don't hear them! 

Silent B at the end of words is one common pattern. For silent letters. If you see -MB at the end of a word, usually you do not pronounce the B.  

Here are some examples of silent B words:

  Silent B Words in English

Silent B Words in English

Silent B Words
Word IPA PoS Definition
bomb /bɒm/ n. a machine that explores
comb /kəʊm/ n. a device for making hair neat
dumb /dʌm/ adj. not smart
lamb /læm/ n. a young sheep
climb /klaɪm/ v. to go up
thumb /θʌm/ n. finger on the side of the hand
tomb /tuːm/ n. a building for dead bodies

Notice that the silent B doesn't tell us anything about the vowel in the word. The vowel sounds can be very different, for example in bomb, comb, and tomb.

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Have you read our other posts on English pronunciation?  If not, take a look at Silent K, Silent N, Silent G and Silent L, and Deleted Syllables.

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