The Many Jobs Of Silent “E”


I also got this from the website . If you would like to read it for yourself, here it is: http://www.all-about-spelling.com/silent-e.html

Taken directly from the site.

Here are the six jobs that Silent E performs:

Job #1: Silent e can make the vowel before it long (note).

Job #2: Silent e can make c and g soft (race, page).

Job #3: Silent e keeps u and v from being the last letter in a word (clue, give).

Job #4: Every syllable must have a vowel. Silent e adds a vowel to words with the “consonant+le” pattern, such as handle.

Job #5: Adding a silent e can keep a singular word from ending in s, as in the word goose. Without the e, this would look like a plural word: goos.

Job #6: Other miscellaneous reasons for silent e include:

  • The e used to be pronounced (come).

  • To distinguish between two words (or and ore).

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