Spelling the /w/ sound : w or wh ?

Learning to spell w sound Learning to spell w sound
witch Which is which?

In most words the /w/ sound is simply spelled with the letter w but some
words need wh.

    The old way (and the correct way!) to say the wh sound is to change the order of the sounds and to say /hw/

In some parts of the UK, especially Scotland, you will still hear words such as
when pronounced as /hwen/, wheel pronounced as /hweel/

However, most times, you cannot hear a clue to help with the spelling.

The 'question words' (see list below) all need wh.
There are no rules to help with other words, so use your eyes to learn
which ones need wh

Learning Tip for English spelling Use your eyes and your hand: Read the words often so the pattern is fixed in your mind and then 'Look, say, cover, write, check'. Spelling help with w sound

Here are some of the more common wh words:

?? The 'question' words ?? Other words
what
when
where
which
whether
why

the 'who' words:
who
whom
whose
whale
wharf
wheat
wheel
wheeze
while
whine
whip
whirl
whisk
whisker
whisper
whistle
white
whiting (small fish)
whisky (if it's made in Ireland or the US it's whiskey)

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