The Silent E Rule


The vowel is short unless there is a reason for it to be long. Here is one reason:

câp + e = cäpe

This e is silent, but it makes the a long.

mâd + e = mäde
The dog is mâd.
He mäde a rumpus.


More Examples:

cût + e = cüte
Cût the cake.
The cat is cüte.

hôp + e = höpe
Hôp on one foot.
Höpe for spring.

The e is silent, but it makes the vowel long.

säle, säfe, säme, säke


In each word the e is silent, but it makes the a long. The consonant between them changes. We shot this by a—e (a consonant e) says ä as in safe

We say "consonant" and use a dash because the consonant changes but the a and the e stay the same.


Likewise:

pïpe..........i—e
pïke..........i—e
pïle...........i—e
pïne..........i—e


i—e (i consonant e) says i as in pine

röle...........o—e
röde..........o—e
röpe..........o—e
röse..........o—e


o—e (o consonant e) says ö as in home


The first letter can change too. The only thing that stays the same is the vowel consonant e.

tube...........u—e
puke...........u—e
fume..........u—e
cute...........u—e
use............u—e

u—e
(u consonant e) says U as in mule


The words for e—e are harder:

these..............e—e
compete.........e—e
concede..........e—e
sincere............e—e

e—e
(e consonant e) says ë as in these
(the letter c sounds like s before e)


Now you are ready for the Silent E Rule.


Dropping of the Silent E


Look at:

Like + ing = liking

What has happened? The silent e is dropped.

But:

like + ly = likely

The silent e is not dropped.


Comments

▲▲▲▲▲▲▲

What’s New on GrammarBank:

  1. Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercise 5 – GrammarBank

    Apr 18, 18 03:17 AM

    Printable Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercise 5 with answers-- Online verb tenses worksheets for English learners

  2. Simple Past vs Past Continuous Exercise 3 – GrammarBank

    Apr 11, 18 04:05 AM

    Printable Simple Past vs Past Continuous Exercise 3 with answers-- Online verb tenses worksheets for English learners

  3. Simple Past vs Past Continuous Exercise 2 – GrammarBank

    Apr 09, 18 03:16 AM

    Printable Simple Past vs Past Continuous Exercise 2 with answers-- Choose past progressive or past simple

  4. Simple Past vs Past Continuous Exercise - GrammarBank

    Mar 30, 18 01:47 AM

    Printable Simple Past vs Past Continuous Exercise with answers-- Online verb tenses worksheets for English learners

  5. First Conditional IF Clauses 2

    Mar 29, 18 09:59 PM

    Printable and online If conditional type 1 (first conditional) grammar exercise 2 with answers-- Check your answers at the bottom of the worksheet.

  6. Verb Tenses Exercises - GrammarBank

    Mar 28, 18 08:36 PM

    Printable & Online ALL verb tenses practice exercises with answers for English teachers and students

  7. Past Continuous Tense - GrammarBank

    Mar 27, 18 11:36 PM

    Past Continuous (Progressive) Tense-- Grammar rules explanations, positive/negative statements charts, yes / no questions, short answers table with examples

  8. Past Progressive Tense Exercise 1 - GrammarBank

    Mar 27, 18 11:28 PM

    Past continuous (progressive) tense worksheet with answers, use the words to make past progressive sentences.

  9. Past Progressive Exercise 2 - GrammarBank

    Mar 27, 18 11:21 PM

    Printable and online Past Progressive Exercise 2 with answers- Complete the sentences in past continuous tense

  10. So That / In Order To Exercise - GrammarBank

    Mar 13, 18 09:03 PM

    So that vs In order to exercise with answers - Complete the sentences with the correct conjunction.