Do you sound the m in faim. It sounds like it is silent?

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Do you sound the m in faim. It sounds like it is silent?

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Yes, it is silent.
TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

This is not quite the whole picture. While it is true that the 'm' in 'faim' is not sounded as a classic 'm', it does have a determining effect on the pronunciation of the word.

Consider the following words: 'fait' & 'faim'. The 't' in 'fait' is truly silent and the word is pronounced¿[fɛ] If the 'm' in 'faim' were truly silent then both words would sound identical. In fact the 'm' in 'faim' causes a nasalisation of the sound and thus 'faim' is pronounced [fɛ̃].

Hope this helps.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Hi Tom, thanks for pointing this out. I interpret "silent" to mean that the letter in question is not sounded. In this sense the "m" in "faim" is silent. That it still influences the pronounciation of the word as a whole is, of course, true.

Do you sound the m in faim. It sounds like it is silent?

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