Now, we're going to work on the multigraph 'wh'. Have you read anything about it before? Well, let's see what we can find here.

English Multigraph "wh"

The letter 'w' and 'h' are two consonants making the digraph 'wh.'

Digraphs are a set of two letters that stand together and produce a new sound.

Digraph wh
Name wh (pronounced /'double u ˈeɪtʃ/)
Sound(s) /w/, /h/

The Digraph 'wh'

Sound 1: /w/

'wh' sounds /w/ and always stands at the beginning of a word. Note that 'wh' sounds /w/ when it comes before 'i', 'e', and 'a':

while /waɪl/

before 'i'

whisky /ˈwɪski/

wheel /wiːl/

before 'e'

wharf /wɔːrf/

whale /weɪl/

Sound 2: /h/

In another case, 'wh' always stands at the beginning of a word and before 'o' and it sounds /h/, so 'w' is silent:

who /huː/

whole /həʊl/

whom /huːm/

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