Spelling the /w/ sound: w or wh?

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Rule breakers break the spelling rule Some words need wh even though there is no /w/ sound.

The w is a silent letter and the first sound you hear is /h/:

who whom whose whoever
whole wholly wholemeal wholegrain

See Unit 22 for more on words with silent letters

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Unit 4: Spelling the consonant digraphs, part 1

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