Decoding the letter H

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h

house /haʊs/

The letter H, lower case h (pronounced /eɪtʃ/) normally represents IPA phoneme /h/. For examples see IPA phoneme /h/.

At the end of the word "h" is silent:

  • cheetah - Deborah - pharaoh - Sarah - Utah

In other positions exceptionally "h" can be silent.

  • annihilation /ənaɪəˈleɪʃən/ - Birmingham - chihuahua /tʃɪˈwɑːwɑ,AmE tʃɪˈwɑːwəBrE/ - dachshund /ˈdæksənd/BrE - exhaust - exhibition - honest - honorAmE - honourBrE - hour - Nottingham - prohibition - shepherd - vehement - vehicle

Homophones

hour - our

H in combinations[edit]

  • arrhythmia - catarrh - diarrheaAmE - diarrhoeaBrE - rhinoceros - rhyme - rhythm
  • sounded "h": waterhole
"sh" as /sh/: see Decoding exercises: "sh"