Decoding the letter B

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b

boat /bəʊt/

The letter B, lower case b (pronounced /biː/) very reliably represents IPA phoneme /b/. For examples see IPA phoneme /b/.

Exceptionally "b" can be silent.

  • bomb - climb /klaɪm/ - comb /kəʊm/ - crumb - debt - debtor - doubt - dumb - lamb - limb - numb - plumber - subpoena /səˈpiːnə/ - subtle - thumb - tomb /tuːm/ - womb /wuːm/
Homophones
In General American: bomb - balm
Heteronyms
number: /ˈnʌmbər/ (quantity) /ˈnʌmər/ (more numb)