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What is Silent in "Scent" the S or the C ?
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Take your pick. Doesn't matter
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never thought of thaat wtf
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I've seen this before.
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never thought of thaat wtf
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What is Silent in "Scent" the S or the C ?
the c
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Neither. You can hear both. Compare the sounds of the beginnings of silent and scent. Sound totally different.
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the c
I agree, mainly because the S is before the C.
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scent and sent sound the same so the c?
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Neither; scent is pronounced that way because there are two graphemes at the start which stand for the phoneme [s]. It's as if the word were spelt "ssent" - we wouldn't say that either "s" is silent if that were the case.
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scent and sent sound the same so the c?
Scent and cent sound the same so the s?
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Scent and cent sound the same so the s?
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Neither; scent is pronounced that way because there are two graphemes at the start which stand for the phoneme [s]. It's as if the word were spelt "ssent" - we wouldn't say that either "s" is silent if that were the case.
You could make that argument about any word with silent parts. Impressed you know about graphemes and phonemes, nonetheless.
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You could make that argument about any word with silent parts. Impressed you know about graphemes and phonemes, nonetheless.
It depends on the word. One could say that there is a silent "e" in "hope" because no phoneme which would correspond to an "e" is pronounced where the grapheme occurs in the word (of course, the "e" contributes to the [oʊ], but the letter itself at the end of the word is silent).
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Neither. The are both pronounced
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Linguistics nerd here to try and answer your question.

The words <cent> <sent> and <scent> are homophones.

In Standard British English, the words are all pronounced /sɛnt/ (IPA)

I would argue that according to the written IPA form, the <c> is silent. If it was pronounced alongside the <s> then it would be /skɛnt/ (skent)

However, as <cent> is also /sɛnt/, we could look at how the <s> would be if it was pronounced alongside the <c>. Assuming <c> represents /s/, the two letters together would be /ssɛnt/ which would probably shorten to /sɛnt/

So surely, <c> is the silent letter. In the first instance, turning it into a sound would change the sound of the word. In the second instance, where we don't, it doesn't matter anyway.

And yes, I know this is bad logic and I am joking.
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