In last week’s blog, I gave you three reasons that sneaky, silent final ‘e‘ is in many English words. Here’s two more reasons. These are a bit more complicated, but stay with me!
Rule #4 No vowel in the Syllable
e.g. little, puzzle, purple
Every syllable in English must have at least one vowel.
When there are no vowels in the syllable, we add a silent final ‘e’. There are ten syllables where this occurs.
–ble trou ble -kle pic kle
–cle un cle -ple pur ple
–dle rid dle -sle has sle
–fle muf fle -tle whis tle
–gle gig gle -zle puz zle
Rule #5 No Job E
e.g. are, house, come, promise
Sorry, this isn’t really a rule! There are some words that just don’t have a reason for that final silent e. It may have come from an old English pronunciation. In this case, the silent ‘e’ serves no purpose. Sometimes we call it a ‘No Job E’.
In the following sentences there are six silent ‘e’ words. Do you know why each of them is silent? Answers are at the bottom of the page.
Come and have lunch today at John’s. I hope you like pickle sandwiches and ice cream!
come -rule #5 , have-rule#2, ice -rules #1 and #3, pickle- rule#4, hope/like-rule#1