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silent p

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silent p

Postby cjibhstcszjb » 2015-03-06, 1:35

Why are there so many silent p's, as in "ps", "pn", and "pt" words? Or are they supposed to be pronounced?

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Re: silent p

Postby ling » 2015-03-06, 6:54

They're borrowed into English from Greek. But the rules of English phonotactics do not allow initial pt-, ps-, or pn- sounds, so the p is rendered silent.
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