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The Silent A

English has a lot of silent letters. You’re probably familiar with silent P and silent B. But did you know that A can also be silent?

A is not pronounced in many adverbs that end in -ally.

Here’s a list of common -ally adverbs and their pronunciations.



Sounds Like

(Stress on the purple syllables)


Accidentally

ak·suh·den·tlee


Actually

ak·choo·lee


Artistically

aar·ti·sti·klee


Basically

bay·si·klee


Continually

kuhn·tin·you·lee


Critically

kri·tuh·klee


Digitally

di·juh·tlee


Genetically

juh·neh·tuh·klee


Logically

laa·ji·klee


Musically

myou·zuh·klee


Physically

fi·zuh·klee


Romantically

row·man·tuh·klee


Statistically

stuh·ti·stuh·klee


Stoically

stow·i·klee



Bonus Learning!

Don’t know the meaning of a word listed above?

1. Write it down.

2. Look up its meaning and write that down, too.

3. Draw a picture that will help you remember the word’s meaning.

4. Give your picture a caption and use the new word in your caption.

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