Talk:Silent e

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Requested move 21 July 2016[edit]

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The result of the move request was: not moved. -- Tavix (talk) 16:23, 28 July 2016 (UTC)



Silent emagic e – Better title. The "e" in words like "hope", "came", "lime" etc. is not really silent. It modifies the sound of the previous vowel. Fish567 (talk) 03:14, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Is there any evidence thst this is better known as magic e?--174.91.187.80 (talk) 05:14, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
  • I would be opposed to the change, unless good evidence can be provided. Doing superficial searches of Google Books/Scholar, I find "silent e" to be a much more common term for the phenomenon. (It's not really magic either, so the argument given by the proposer doesn't hold much water.) W. P. Uzer (talk) 06:50, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose, per WP:CONSISTENCY with Silent k, Silent letter, and Silent English alphabet. As far as I can tell 'magic k' is a term used almost exclusively to teach young children. Whereas academic literature and literature explaining phonotactics/phonetics to older children/adults tends to use 'silent e'. Plus if you look in the archive there are examples of 'truly' silent e's such as in the word come which wouldn't techncially be covered by an article entitled 'magic e'. Ebonelm (talk) 14:54, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose - "silent x" is more commonly known than "magic x". –Davey2010Talk 14:10, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose. There is no reason to move this article when the E itself isn't pronounced anyway. The term "magic e" is not used in teaching the English language, except to young children, whereas "silent e" is.  ONR  (talk)  00:07, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose – Sounds silly. — JFG talk 08:07, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

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